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

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Play Ball! These words resonate with special meaning in the minds of anyone who has ever enjoyed a game of baseball. Every fan will be amused and touched by stories of sportsmanship and victory gathered from the clay diamonds of America.

A tribute to America?s favorite past time, Chicken Soup for the Baseball Fan?s Soul is written by people at every level of competition, from World Series champions to tee-ball moms. Their inspiring stories highlight the best of baseball, the ...

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Overview

Play Ball! These words resonate with special meaning in the minds of anyone who has ever enjoyed a game of baseball. Every fan will be amused and touched by stories of sportsmanship and victory gathered from the clay diamonds of America.

A tribute to America’s favorite past time, Chicken Soup for the Baseball Fan’s Soul is written by people at every level of competition, from World Series champions to tee-ball moms. Their inspiring stories highlight the best of baseball, the importance of sportsmanship and a love of the game. Whether these stories take place on the field of a local YMCA or under the bright lights of a major league ballpark, the focus is the same: The Love of the Game.

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From the Little Leagues to the majors, the world of baseball is full of inspiring stories of faith, determination, and courage. The authors of the Chicken Soup series, known for their bestselling collections of heartwarming true stories, reach out to baseball lovers in Chicken Soup for the Baseball Fan's Soul. Featuring scores of unforgettable stories -- including two by the inimitable Tommy Lasorda -- this collection will delight baseball fans of all ages.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558749658
  • Publisher: Health Communications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/16/2001
  • Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul Series
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Canfield

Jack Canfield is a co-founder of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Mark Victor Hansen is a co-founder of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Biography

While Jack Canfield himself may not necessarily be a household name, it's very likely that you have heard of his famed Chicken Soup for the Soul series and nearly as likely that you have at least one of them sitting on your very own bookshelf! Having got his start as an inspirational speaker, Canfield's own story is nothing less than inspirational.

Jack Canfield had been traveling around delivering key note speeches and organizing workshops to help audiences build their self-esteem and maximize their potential when he had an in-flight brainstorm that changed his life. While flying home from a gig, Canfield realized that the very same advice he had been delivering during his in-person addresses could potentially form the basis of a book. Canfield used inspirational stories he'd gleaned over the years as the basis of his speeches, and he thought it would be a terrific idea to gather together 101 inspirational stories and anthologize them in a single volume. Upon returning home, Canfield approached friend and author Mark Victor Hansen about his concept. Hansen agreed it was a great idea, and the two men set about finding a publisher. Believe it or not, the mega-selling series was not an easy sell to publishers. "We were rejected by 123 publishers all told," Canfield told Shareguide.com. "The first time we went to New York, we visited with about a dozen publishers in a two day period with our agent, and nobody wanted it. They all said it was a stupid title, that nobody bought collections of short stories, that there was no edge -- no sex, no violence. Why would anyone read it?"

Canfield wisely practiced what he preached -- and persisted. Ultimately, he and Hansen sold the first Chicken Soup for the Soul book to a small press based in Deerfield Beach, Florida, called Health Communications. The rest, as they say, is history. There are currently 80 million copies of the Chicken Soup books in print, with subjects as varied as Chicken Soup For the Horse Lover's Soul and Chicken Soup For the Prisoner's Soul. Canfield and Hansen ranked as the top-selling authors of 1997 and are multiple New York Times bestsellers. Most important of all, the inspirational stories they have gathered in their many volumes have improved the lives of countless readers.

This year, expect to see Canfield's name gracing the covers of such titles as Chicken Soup For the Scrapbooker's Soul, Chicken Soup For the Mother and Son Soul, and Chicken Soup For the African American Woman's Soul. He and Hansen have also launched the all-new "Healthy Living" series and 8 titles in that series have already been released this year. There is also the fascinating You've GOT to Read This Book!, in which Canfield compiles personal accounts by 55 people each discussing a book that has changed his or her life. The most compelling of these may be the story of young entrepreneur Farrah Gray, who read Deepak Chopra's The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success at the age of 11 and made his first million dollars at the age of 14!

With no sign of slowing down, Canfield continues to be an inspiration to millions, who fortunately refused to give up when it seemed as though he would never even get his first book published. "Mark and I are big believers in perseverance," he said. "If you have a vision and a life purpose, and you believe in it, then you do not let external events tell you what is so. You follow your internal guidance and follow your bliss, as Joseph Campbell used to say."

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Canfield is the founder of two California based self-esteem programs, "Self-Esteem Seminars" in Santa Barbara and "The Foundation For Self Esteem" in Culver City.

Writing the first Chicken Soup book was a lot more daunting than Canfield expected. After the first three years of research, he and Mark Victor Hansen had only compiled 68 stories -- 33 tales shy of their goal of 101 stories.

Along with co-writing dozens of full-length books, Canfield also publishes a free biweekly newsletter called Success Strategies.

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Canfield:

"My inspiration for writing comes from my passion for teaching others how to live more effective lives. I started out as a history teacher in an all-black inner city high school in Chicago, graduated to a teacher trainer, then psychotherapist, then trainer of therapists, then large group transformational trainer and then a writer and keynote speaker. All along the way, my desire was to make a difference, to help people live more fulfilling lives. That is what I still do today. Most people don't know this but I was not a good writer in college. I got a C in composition. Nobody would have ever believed I would grow up to be a bestselling author."

"I play guitar, and I am learning to play the piano. I love movies and some TV shows. My favorites are Six Feet Under, Grey's Anatomy, House and Lost. I love to play Scrabble, poker and backgammon with my in-laws, nieces and nephews. We really get into it. I love to travel. I have been to 25 countries and try to add two or three new ones every year."

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    1. Hometown:
      Santa Barbara, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 19, 1944
    2. Place of Birth:
      Fort Worth, Texas
    1. Education:
      B.A. in History, Harvard University, 1966; M.A.T. Program, University of Chicago, 1968; M.Ed., U. of Massachusetts, 1973
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True Heroes Earn the Title

Star athletes have played an important part in the lives of young children as far back as history remembers sports and its heroes. Every youngster has had at least one hero that he worshipped above all others. Such idolization is not always etched in stone however, and heroes have been known to change for many reasons. I was involved in such a change in 1960.

My father was an Air Force master sergeant stationed at a radar station in Bellefontaine, Ohio. The Cincinnati Reds offered discount seating to military personnel in uniform and my father decided to take a group of airman to a game at old Crosley Field. I was included as an afterthought and was thrilled at finally being able to see a big league game. The double header between the hometown Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates was going to be a highlight in my relatively short life.

Although I was an avid New York Yankee fan one of my favorite baseball players, Roy Face was a star relief pitcher for the Pirates and I was hoping to get his autograph. My father bought me a brand new baseball just in case. I could hardly contain myself on the drive to Cincinnati.

We arrived at the stadium a few minutes before the players were due to take the field and I lined up with several other youngsters at the entrance to the Pirate locker room. As the players filed out to enter the runway to the dugout, I looked anxiously for Roy Face. I finally saw him coming and in my best manners stepped up and asked him for his autograph. He calmly ignored me and proceeded down the runway. I was stunned! One of my favorite heroes had brushed me off without the slightest acknowledgement at all. I stood there pondering what to do next when a large arm appeared around my shoulders and a hand took the ball from my grasp. I looked up to see a beaming smile beneath a Pirate hat and a large 2l on the jersey. The man handed me the ball with a wink and headed onto the field. I looked down at the ball and could not believe that it now proudly bore the name ROBERTO CLEMENTE in bold black ink. Roy Face's spot on my hero list had just been filled by one of greatest players in the game.

Clemente played an important part in the Pirates' sweep of the double header that day and helped lead his team to a World Series victory over my Yankees that October. Despite that, he remained one of my greatest heroes until his death in a 1972 airplane crash while flying relief supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. By this time I had followed my father into the Air force and was stationed in Southeast Asia. When I learned of Clemente's death I could only marvel that the man who had helped me find a hero had been a bonafide hero trying to help an entire nation.

Only die-hard fans will remember who Roy Face was, but children who were not born when he died can tell you all about Roberto Clemente. That is heroism at its finest.

Michael J. Feigum

© 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2013

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    Borning

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2005

    for everyone who loves the sport of baseball

    The book Chicken Soup for the Baseball Fan's Soul is a book about different players- like Dave Dravecky and Cal Ripken Jr. - and how they have learned more about the game of baseball and how the fans react to the players. It¿s also about a fans point of view. What they saw when they go to the games. If you are anybody who loves baseball, this is a book you should read. This book talks all the obstacles a baseball player must go through while he is playing the beloved sport of baseball. This book contains numerous quotes from various baseball players. For example ¿Anne, pitch one in to us,¿ from a story about Anne Carter, a fan from the book. Another quote is ¿I sat on the bench for the first in my life when I was called to the Baltimore Orioles,¿ from Cal Ripken Jr., a famous baseball player. Some of the baseball players that wrote stories in the book are: Cal Ripken Jr., Orel Hershiser, David Dravecky, and Mickey Mantle. Some of the fans that wrote stories about their opinions of the game are: Ralph Kiner, Dave Barry, Rick Reilly, and Anne Carter. This book ranges from Mickey Mantle to players who are still playing today. The stories in this book are true. The best thing the author did was to tell the stories the way the fans and players explained to him. A person I would like to be in this book is Babe Ruth. I would like Babe Ruth. It would be nice to know any kind of story about him. Its very easy to compare this book to other books. This is because the author of Chicken Soup for the Baseball Fan¿s Soul wrote a lot of other Chicken Soup books and they all have different stories. This book is not really a story, but about the feelings of actual players and fans. What¿s different about these authors is he gets different baseball players than other authors is they get different baseball players and fans whereas other authors just talk about one persons life. These authors didn¿t have any language of metaphor. He used a language which people could understand. For example people these days say ¿homer¿, he says ¿home run¿ so people can understand them. I read this book by reading a chapter a night.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2001

    Amazing

    This book is so great it tells you how wonderful baseball is to everyone. It is so inspirational especially if you haven't got that autograph or caught that baseball yet. I recommend this be the next book you read if you are a baseball fan.

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