Students from time to time talk about history like it just doesn’t matter.

“That was then, and now is now.”

“Back in the day, was back in the day.”

“That was ancient history!”


“That is just not relevant today.”


But today, it is apparent that history is alive.

As a sports publisher, we know that kids are naturally interested sports. And we published a middle grade book called Papa Bear and the Chicago Bears’ Winning Ways and followed it up with a book for teenagers called Baseball’s Winning Ways. But rather than get too complacent about history and modern events, we included some American history in both books, along with lessons on building good habits. Sports has often been a good conductor of values and principles. The good guys don’t always make the headlines, but there are plenty of good stories out there.

PAPA BEAR AND THE CHICAGO BEARS’ WINNING WAYS reviews the exciting story of George Halas and his dynamic role in professional football. Halas who was present in the first days of the National Football League (NFL) all the way into the modern age of football. Author Patrick McCaskey, a Chicago Bears Vice President and Director, is a grandson of Papa Bear George Halas. McCaskey highlights his grandfather’s life with key events from the 20th century. McCaskey follows Halas as a student, athlete, soldier, coach, team owner—a man of commerce and community. Halas’s 20th century path is laid out before readers. PAPA BEAR AND THE CHICAGO BEARS’ WINNING WAYS includes some of the coach’s important words of wisdom that young people need today to achieve success. These “winning ways” are used in exercises that were originally devised by Ben Franklin that readers will find helpful and interesting. A glossary, special exercises, a quiz and discussion questions help readers expand their interest and learning experiences. Readers are taken on a short journey through history that helps them expand their understanding of our world. The book introduces Halas quotes and the methods of one of America’s founding fathers and original self-help gurus, Ben Franklin.

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.