Baseball’s Winning Ways is written for enjoyment, inspiration, and information by the author of The 10 Commandments of Baseball, J. D. Thorne. Baseball’s Winning Ways examines baseball eras and their backgrounds, along with profiles of great current and past players. The drama of the game, its history, baseball superstitions, statistics, and the story of trading cards are presented clearly for readers from age 12 on up. The central theme of the book is baseball’s principles that are essential to the best baseball programs. The author points out that baseball promotes certain virtues that are so important today. These are the values that parents, grandparents, teachers, and coaches want to pass down to the next generation—as important now as ever.
The last third of the book is focused on 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, important American history and its leaders are highlighted with photographs and profiles. Baseball’s Winning Ways offers plenty of interesting reading for the fan at home. Tools have been added to make Winning Ways a wonderful book for schools, home-schooling, and libraries as well. Readers will find baseball topics that take them to new places and interests.
Rounding out the books attractions are “Curveball Quiz” illustrations by artist Bill Potter that are reminiscent of classic baseball cards that entertain and challenge readers’ knowledge. The players’ biographies section helps careful readers solve these. The ambitious features and benefits of this book will entertain and enlighten all readers. 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.