Much has been written about Roger Maris and the historic summer of 1961 when he broke Babe Ruth's single-season home run record yet little is known about the pitchers on the other side of the tale. One of the many knocks against Maris was that he faced inferior pitching in an American League watered down by expansion from eight to 10 teams. But was that really the case? Did Maris face has-beens and never-weres while Ruth confronted the cream of AL pitching? Who were these starters and relievers and how good were they? Drawing on first-hand accounts, interviews and a range of contemporary sources, this study covers each of Maris' 63 home runs that season, including the lost one and his game-winning World Series dinger. Biographies of each of his 48 victims cover the pitcher's career, pitching style and the circumstances of the game. Maris faced some really fine pitching that summer despite what many contended then--and now.
You are invited to live life to the fullest. For five hard years Christian leader Kevin Myers struggled personally and professionally. But it was during that time that God pointed out where he was going wrong and showed him the biblical pattern for living. It proceeded to transform his life, leadership, ministry, and relationships. During that time John Maxwell also became his mentor. Together, using a baseball diamond as an analogy for following God's plan for life, Myers and Maxwell provide a clear path forward while helping you keep your priorities in order and your eyes on the prize. What is that pattern? Connection with God: Winning Dependence Character: Winning Within Community: Winning with Others Competence: Winning Results Challenging, heart-felt, and insightful, Myers' story will connect with anyone who feels their life is falling short of God's promises. The hard-won lessons Myers learned, along with insightful comments and on-point application from Maxwell, will make it possible for you to win in this performance-based culture without losing your soul. There are no shortcuts or steals in the spiritual journey of life. HOME RUN is a guidebook for living life and learning how to succeed God's way.
The home run is indeed baseball's ultimate weapon. It can change a game in a heartbeat, making a tight game into a blowout or a seemingly easy win into a nail-biter. Homers are majestic, powerful, and awe inspiring. And sluggers are the sport's biggest stars, from the days of Babe Ruth through Barry Bonds. David Vincent, called "The Sultan of Swat Stats" by ESPN, delves into the long history of the home run with great detail and color. He starts when the rules of the game were highly unstable and sometimes the definition of a home run could change in a park from year to year; follows through the "Deadball Era," when the home run was rare; explores the explosion Babe Ruth brought to baseball in the 1920s; discusses how both world wars affected homer statistics; looks at great home run races such as Maris versus Mantle in 1961; assesses the effects of the juiced ball, juiced players, thin air, and smaller ballparks; and so much more. If there is something to know about home run history, look to David Vincent for the answer-Major League Baseball does. With Home Run: The Definitive History of Baseball's Ultimate Weapon, now you can know it too. A 1990s Nike commercial proclaimed that "chicks dig the long ball." In this thorough and colorful look at baseball's ultimate weapon, David Vincent shows you why.
Take kids out to their very first ballgame in this adorable storybook for our youngest fans! The bases are loaded as two more Cows get on base. It’s the clean-up hitter against the Bears’ pitching ace! This charming, illustrated sports book for toddlers features the game of the year: the Cows vs. the Bears! Each spread introduces baseball terms, gear, players, and umps within the context of the story of a nine-inning game between all-animal teams. Read along as the Cow shortstop leaps for an inning-ending catch, a Bear runner slides home . . . “Safe!” . . . all culminating in a bottom-of-the-ninth showdown that is the epitome of a never-to-be-forgotten baseball classic!
The New York Yankees don't call themselves the "Bronx Bombers" for nothing. And though Babe Ruth did not invent the home run, he did indeed popularize it and make it seem less vulgar. New York Yankees Home Run Almanac presents a month-by-month tally of historic, important, unusual, or titanic home runs, hit mostly by Yankees (or players who hit them at Yankees ballparks). It covers everyone from Ruth to Mickey Mantle, Alex Rodriguez, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, Reggie Jackson, Derek Jeter, Aaron Judge, and many more pinstripe players, past and present, in an easy-to-read format. Some of the many dingers featured include: Graig Nettles's home run on Opening Day 1974, when the Yankees called Shea Stadium home Jorge Posada's and Bernie Williams's switch-hit home runs during the same game in 2000 Pitcher Whitey Ford's third and final home run of his career Aaron Judge's 50th home run of the season, a rookie record And many more!
The Emerald Home Run
Author: Steven Andrew Janda
Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency
If you look for parallels in baseball and the Bible, you will find them! The Emerald Home Run is a true story which combines the Bible and a book author Steven A. Janda wrote about the parables of Christ in 2008 entitled Ready or Not, Here I Come. “Suddenly,” says Janda, “I began to notice many interesting parallels in Major League Baseball.” On April 15, 2009, Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 613th career home run, The Emerald Home Run, after returning to the Seattle Mariners from a nine-year absence with the Cincinnati Reds and briefly with the Chicago White Sox. As soon as Griffey hit the home run, Hall of Fame Announcer Dave Neihaus said this was Griffey’s 400th home run as a Mariner. “Instantly,” says Janda, “I remembered Moses, who delivered the children of Israel after 400 years of bondage to the Egyptians.” The author reveals numeric mysteries, including how Revelation appears in Genesis, how the tribes of Israel in the Law of Moses are joined numerically to Genesis and revealed in Major League Baseball by the Gregorian calendar. And children will love the secret formula for multiplying certain number patterns into millions without a calculator! The revelations in this book have never appeared in text books. The Emerald Home Run is truly an arithmetic lesson for the whole world to enjoy. Do not be left behind.
Home Run: The Year the Records Fell chronicles the record-setting home run chase of 1998 and features every home run by Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa. This attractive hardcover book is filled with interesting sidebars and loaded with color graphics and pictures. Some highlights include features on Ruth and Maris, McGwire's son Matt, Sosa's 20-homer month in June, statistics, notes, quotes, the All-Star Game home run contest, plus much more.