Good baseball coaches know that they have a big advantage in teaching a game that provides so much value in its principles and habits. Many of those qualities have been outlined in our book called The 10 Commandments of Baseball: An Affectionate Look at Joe McCarthy’s Principles for Success in Baseball (And Life), the first book we published in 2009 at Sporting Chance Press.
In the past year, we published two new books for young readers called Papa Bear and the Chicago Bears’ Winning Ways and Baseball’s Winning Ways. These books set out to entertain readers on their respective sports and some of its stars. But they also have lots of good information on Winning Ways or habits of virtue. Thus the books go beyond exciting reading for kids. Sports and American history, learning aids, vocabulary (a glossary), and more are offered.
Habits of virtue are principles that are taught, accepted, and then practiced (until they become habits). The Winning Ways sections in both these books are based on the methods of Ben Franklin. Workbook pages or charts for these habits are included.
Papa Bear and the Chicago Bears’ Winning Ways by Patrick McCaskey is a book written for middle grade audiences. Baseball’s Winning Ways by J. D. Thorne is a book directed at slightly older readers or Young Adult readers. Both books have plenty of historic photos and illustrations that make these books very appealing and easy to read through.
Both these books will find fans in grandparents, parents, and athletes.