In Baseball’s Winning Ways, our book for teenagers, we include many features that appeal to readers. The winning ways themselves are baseball sayings that lead to success, but more than that. Some ideas make us better people–virtues. Four of them in Baseball’s Winning Ways are about practicing self-control, giving your best effort, honoring authority, and avoiding excuses. What parent or grandparent would not like to see children under their charge improve on these? 

Even in professional sports you see athletes act badly at times. Players will lose control and throw a bat after a strikeout or kick a helmet on the sideline. Sometimes a player will get kicked out of a game at the most inopportune time because they flagrantly violate a rule or say something menacing to an official that dishonors authority. Other players will have a miserable game and find fault in everyone else on the team. Even the best players might commit these kind of “sins” once in a while, but generally, a player is so much more valuable to his team when he practices the virtues of self-control, respecting authority, and avoiding excuses. 

In addition to the good-for-you stuff, Baseball’s Winning Ways is just a fun read with lot of information on players, insights on the history of the game, and features that will take readers deeper into the spirit of the book. 

Baseball’s Winning Ways is by J. D. Thorne, the author of The 10 Commandments of Baseball: An Affectionate Look at Joe McCarthy’s Principles for Success in Baseball (and Life)