From Baseball’s Winning Ways:
An outfielder who throws back of a runner is locking the barn after the horse is stolen.
Make the right play is what this principle means. There are times for taking risks; there are times to cut our losses. Some situations are easier to manage than others, but we need to play to our strengths and manage our game. Certainly, there are times for us to stretch out and grow. Other times we need to take our lumps.
Baseball’s Winning Ways is a book that can be enjoyed by anyone from Junior High through adult. The book includes many features that provide a learning experience:
- Baseball history has a relationship with American history and culture. Readers of Baseball’s Winning Ways are exposed to the idea that history is not only relevant, but interesting. The Civil War was directly involved in baseball’s development.
- Baseball is often influenced by cultural and societal developments such as labor and employment law, trends in performance enhancements (diet, exercise, etc), and our recent interest in statistical analysis.
- Baseball players have reflected the make-up of society. Baseball offers an opportunity to move from lower economic groups to financial success. Many baseball players are men of high virtue who offer excellent role models for youth.
- The origin of baseball is complex just like our own history.
- American Presidents have often been baseball fans. When we study baseball, we look at our presidents as well. Presidents have often used baseball as a means to connect with American citizens.
- Baseball is an integral part of our lives. Players like Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays, Hank Arron and others were historical figures as well as baseball figures.
- Baseball reflects Americas’ best qualities as well as some of its worst.
- Baseball trading cards grew out of “trade cards” that were used by workers in the trades to promote their products and services.
- Baseball promotes habits of virtue and character in its training. Baseball offers great life lessons.
- Ben Franklin’s method of acquiring and practicing good qualities is examined so readers can learn these.
- Baseball survives and continues today with a growing group of players from remote parts of the world that is helping to promote the game as a world-wide sport.