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Chicken Soup for the Baseball Fan's Soul: Inspirational Stories of Baseball, Big-League Dreams and the Game of Life Hardcover – Oct 16 2001


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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Health Communications, Inc. (Oct. 16 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558749667
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558749665
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 14.8 x 2.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 953 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,410,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors, are joined by Chrissy Donnelly, Mark Donnelly and Tommy Lasorda!

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

Winning Isn't Everything


Great competitors are bred, and great sportsmen are born. I came to that conclusion at a Little League T-ball game in Davis, California, for which my son, Matt, was umpiring. This conclusion was cemented solidly just last week when a friend of mine related a horror story from her son's Little League game.

"One of the coaches just ripped off a kid's head for making a mistake," she noted. "What does that teach him?"

In both of our books, nothing.

We have become a nation addicted to winning. "We're number one" puts smiles on sports fans' faces. Running a good race doesn't always.

This premise relates to every facet of life, whether at home, at church, at school, at work or at play. Numbers are crunched, awards are pursued, emotions are stifled in favor of one-upmanship. Even the Joneses have a hard time keeping up.

Life too often becomes a tough game with more losers than winners. When claiming the prize eliminates the good in playing, no one wins. Real rewards come from teamwork and playing the game unselfishly for the good of the whole.

On a hot, sunny afternoon, a small boy stepped up to bat. The crowd watched like hawks for his move, waiting for the sought-after home run that most likely wasn't to be. After all, these kids were five and six years old, much too little to stroke a ball past the pitcher, if at all.

The little guy's determination showed in his stance: gritted teeth, slightly bulging eyes, hat-clad head bobbing slightly, feet apart, hands with a death grip on the bat. In front of him was a small softball, sitting perched like a parrot on a lone tee, awaiting the six swings that the batter was allowed.

Strike one.

Strike two.

"Go for it, Son!" the proud father yelled encouragingly.

Strike three.

"Go, go, go . . ." the crowd joined in.

Strike four.

"You can do it!" just the father and a couple of viewers crooned, others losing interest and turning to bleacher conversations.

"YOU CAN DO IT!" And suddenly bat hit ball, amazing the crowd and the little boy, who stood rock still, watching it travel slowly past the pitcher on its way to second base.

"Run!"

The stands rumbled with stomping feet.

"Run, run!"

The little boy's head jerked ever so slightly and he took off toward third base.

With a slight cast of his head toward the bleachers, the boy turned back toward home.

"NO!" My son, the umpire, waved him toward first base.

The kids on both teams pointed the way. The crowd continued to cheer him on. Confused, he ran back to third. Then following the third baseman's frantic directions, he finally ran toward first base but stopped triumphantly on the pitcher's mound. The pitcher moved back, not sure what to do next. The crowd stood, shaking the bleachers with the momentum. All arms waved toward first base. And with no thought for his position, the first baseman dropped his ball and ran toward the pitcher.

"Come on," he yelled, grabbing the hand of the errant batter, and tugged him toward first base while the crowd screamed its approval. The ball lay forgotten as a triumphant twosome hugged each other on the piece of square plastic that marked the spot where lives are forever shaped.

Two little boys, running hand in hand, toward a goal that only one should have reached. Both came out winners. In fact, there wasn't a loser in the stands or on the field that summer day, and that's a lesson none of us should ever forget. Winning is more than being number one. Winning is helping another when the chips are down. It's remembering to love one another, as biblically directed, despite the flaws that sometimes appear in the fabric of daily life.

No one will ever remember the score of that summer afternoon encounter. Competition, usually fettered by jeering remands, lost to sportsmanship, an innate formula for winning.

When you get to first base with opposing teammates, families, friends and grandstanders behind you, a home run is never that far down the road.

Mary Owen

(c) 2001. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Chicken Soup for the Baseball Fan's Soul by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Tommy Lasorda, Mark and Chrissy Donnelly.

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Chicken Soup For The Baseball Fan's Soul is one great book. The stories are about personal experiences, humor, sportsmanship, life lessons, and the fun that baseball provides.
Some of the stories are actually written by the athletes themselves with others by journalists who have covered the games with their views on the game and the players, and other stories by the everyday sports fan just like you and me. Some of the stories are very humorous while others touching. Before each chapter are very inspiring quotations. Added between some of the stories are baseball comics that will make you laugh.
Every story in this book is well worth-reading from the humorous to the serious stories. This book made tears swell in my eyes and laugh out loud in some stories as a baseball player. This book will inspire the true baseball player or fan. This book is easy to get into it and want to keep reading for a long time, but is also a great book to read one story at a time.
This book really shows how hard you have to work to get better at baseball or any sport and how it can pay off. This is a must-read book for any baseball fan who wants to enjoy a great book about a great sport.
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By Kelly on Dec 26 2002
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As a baseball fan, I thought it was wonderful to read about the many sides of baseball. There are stories from both fans and people actually involved in the baseball world. With baseball having such a depressing last couple of years, and not having the results as we have come to expect, it was wonderful to know that there are people in the world that still love this sport! I am one of them. :o)
(I would have said still the American sport, but since I am Canadian I don't think that always applies...)
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this book was very inspiring. The stories are all well written and ammussing. I haven't read any of the other books in the series and I don't plan on reading them either but I really enjoyed this one though and I recomend this book to all baseball fans
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
A great book about baseball and life lessons April 24 2002
By ffootballguru27 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Chicken Soup For The Baseball Fan's Soul is one great book. The stories are about personal experiences, humor, sportsmanship, life lessons, and the fun that baseball provides.
Some of the stories are actually written by the athletes themselves with others by journalists who have covered the games with their views on the game and the players, and other stories by the everyday sports fan just like you and me. Some of the stories are very humorous while others touching. Before each chapter are very inspiring quotations. Added between some of the stories are baseball comics that will make you laugh.
Every story in this book is well worth-reading from the humorous to the serious stories. This book made tears swell in my eyes and laugh out loud in some stories as a baseball player. This book will inspire the true baseball player or fan. This book is easy to get into it and want to keep reading for a long time, but is also a great book to read one story at a time.
This book really shows how hard you have to work to get better at baseball or any sport and how it can pay off. This is a must-read book for any baseball fan who wants to enjoy a great book about a great sport.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A great read! Dec 26 2002
By Kelly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As a baseball fan, I thought it was wonderful to read about the many sides of baseball. There are stories from both fans and people actually involved in the baseball world. With baseball having such a depressing last couple of years, and not having the results as we have come to expect, it was wonderful to know that there are people in the world that still love this sport! I am one of them. :o)
(I would have said still the American sport, but since I am Canadian I don't think that always applies...)
The Fun of the Game June 20 2014
By Marvin P. Ferguson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Little league baseball dominates the scene in the small town where I grew up. But the feelings that often resonates from the stands isn't always nice. In fact, sometimes the thoughts expressed are vicious, but shouldn't be.
Parents have a different view about their child and baseball that often looses sight of the fact that the game of baseball should be fun and something for one and all to enjoy. "My kid is the best; why doesn't the coach let my son pitch?; the ump is doing a lousy job behind the plate—that was ball four and he knew it."; and the lists of heated arguments goes on.
However, in this delightful baseball story the author emphasizes the fun of the game. Good sportsmanship prevails along with feelings of victory gathered on the playing field which is the way it should be. Surely, the stories told in this book are an inspiration that instills a different mind-set for the kids to think positive, and thank heavens for that.
Using baseball as a platform this book is an easy read for kids of all ages with lots of practical lessons to learn about playing baseball and becoming a better player. With lots of humor mixed with tears in this exciting story I encourage everybody with a love for baseball to read it, I give it five stars, and I'm Marvin P. Ferguson, author of THE UNKNOWN BASEBALL PLAYER.
I HAVE BOUGHT THIS BOOK MORE THAN ONCE Dec 23 2013
By Running Man - Published on Amazon.com
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While I enjoy all the Chicken Soup for the Soul books, as a sports fanatic, this is one of my favorites. I have bought this book and given it to friends. You'll make the day of a sport's fan if you purchase this book.
Unique book Feb. 16 2013
By M. Mata - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Great books for baseball fans like this one are hard to find in most bookstores. I was surprised to see a "Chicken Soup" book for baseball fans and purchased this book for a teenager who truly enjoyed it


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