World Series Winners: What It Takes to Claim Baseball's Ultimate Prize

Overview

Demonstrating that claiming the most sought-after moniker in baseball is truly an epic journey, this record explores what separates World Series victors from those who come up short. More than 50 current and former Major League Baseball players, managers, and coaches from the last 50 years?all of whom have World Series championships under their belts?are interviewed, including Jack Morris, Lance Parrish, Kent Hrbek, Jim Kaat, and Dave Winfield. Packed with never-before-published stories, this chronicle includes ...

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Overview

Demonstrating that claiming the most sought-after moniker in baseball is truly an epic journey, this record explores what separates World Series victors from those who come up short. More than 50 current and former Major League Baseball players, managers, and coaches from the last 50 years—all of whom have World Series championships under their belts—are interviewed, including Jack Morris, Lance Parrish, Kent Hrbek, Jim Kaat, and Dave Winfield. Packed with never-before-published stories, this chronicle includes hilarious tales from the clubhouse and dugout as well as inspirational and educational anecdotes. Answering questions such as How are great teams built? How do you keep players motivated when momentum seems to be turning against them? and What are the key qualities that every leader must possess? this investigation illustrates how championship baseball teams offer valuable lessons that can be readily applied to everyday life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600786716
  • Publisher: Triumph Books
  • Publication date: 5/10/2012
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 862,812
  • Product dimensions: 5.82 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Ross Bernstein is the bestselling author of 40 sports books including The Code and I Love Brett Favre/I Hate Brett Favre. He has appeared on more than 1,000 local and national television and radio programs. His work has been featured on CNN and ESPN and in USA Today and the Wall Street Journal. As a sought-after motivational speaker, he speaks to corporations and groups across the country about the inspirational legacy of the late Herb Brooks, Hall of Fame coach of the fabled 1980 gold-medal-winning U.S. Olympic "Miracle on Ice" hockey team. He lives in Eagan, Minnesota.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Paul Molitor xi

Introduction xvii

Chapter 1 What Does It Mean to Be a World Series Champion? 1

Chapter 2 What Was Special About That Championship Team? 51

Chapter 3 Defining Moments of a Championship Season 99

Chapter 4 World Series-Winning Managers 125

Chapter 5 Winners Share Their Favorite Championship Moments 157

Chapter 6 Memories and Musings from a Magical Season 171

Chapter 7 Life Lessons Learned by Winning the World Series 187

Appendices 213

Notes 221

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