Bill Zuber was a New York Yankee pitcher in the 1940s who later opened a restaurant called Zuber’s Restaurant and Lounge in the Amana Colonies in Iowa. Zuber, who played for the famous MLB manager Joe McCarthy, had an advertising piece made up with McCarthy’s 10 Commandments of Baseball on the back. My author found the Zuber card among the affects of his father Arthur Thorne who had visited Zuber’s Restaurant in the 1970s. The Thorne baseball bloodline is very strong and the card served to inspire J. D.’s Sporting Chance Press book, The 10 Commandments of Baseball: An Affectionate Look at Joe McCarthy’s Principles for Success in Baseball (and Life).

The heritage of Bill Zuber’s business lives on today as Zuber’s Homestead Hotel.

From the webstite”

“Zuber’s Homestead Hotel is located in Homestead, Iowa, one of the seven historic villages of the Amana Colonies. Let Zuber’s be your choice for a relaxing stay in one of our 15 guest rooms. Each room is uniquely decorated to celebrate Iowa’s rich heritage, culture, people, and places.”



J. D. Thorne has also been busy and written another baseball book, this one for Young Adults called Baseball’s Winning Ways.

Baseball’s Winning Ways is written for enjoyment, inspiration, and information by the author of The 10 Commandments of Baseball, J. D. Thorne. Winning Ways explores baseball history and high profile players both current and past. American history highlights provide a more complete point of reference. The drama of the game, its history, baseball superstitions, statistics explained, and more provide features of interest to all fans from age 12 on up. The central theme of the book is baseball’s winning ways, those principles essential to the game itself that naturally values that parents, grandparents, teachers and coaches want to pass down that are as important now as ever. All fans will love Baseball’s Winning Ways. The last portion of the book includes learning aids: a quiz, discussion questions, a glossary, an exercise on virtues used by Ben Franklin, and extras that make the book especially relevant and useful. As the book moves quickly through time with the story of the game–photographs, and profiles offer plenty of interesting reading for the fan at home. A great read for adults, Winning Ways is also a wonderful book for schools, home-schooling, and libraries. Readers will find baseball topics that take them to new places and interests. Rounding out the books attractions are “Curveball Quiz” illustrations by illustrator Bill Potter that are reminiscent of classic baseball cards that entertain and challenge readers’ knowledge. Parents and grandparents will enjoy this book as much as their children and grandchildren. Author J. D. Thorne is an attorney who has promoted the good in baseball throughout his life in his writings, speaking, and his personal involvement with those in the game at every level.