About the Author:
Born in 1924, Ken Proctor grew up in the glory days of the classic heroes of baseball. He excelled as a multi-sport athlete in both high school and at UCLA where his baseball prowess led to his being inducted into the UCLA Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002. In the 1950s he coached baseball at Chaffey High School in Ontario, California, winning three consecutive state championships and establishing one of the most dominating high school baseball programs in history, amassing an amazing 196-33 (86%) win-loss record. Proctor's list of experiences reads like the history of a classic high achiever from America's greatest generation. He was a Pacific Fleet Naval Officer on LST 839 surviving attacks by Kamikaze pilots; played basketball in the UCLA program under the great John Wooden; has logged over 3,000 miles bicycling with wife, Marilyn; and served as a Ranger in the National Park Service. He climbed many mountains including The Grand Teton (his last being Mt. St. Helens at age 70); He has been a teacher, coach, baseball scout, author, avid hiker, world traveler and explorer, inspirational speaker, philanthropist, community leader, church elder, and at age 81 can still make 8 of 10 free throws! Ken Proctor with Marilyn makes his home in Seattle, Washington where he continues writing books about baseball.
From the Author:
It is my sincere desire to pass along some of the special baseball experiences in my life through this book. My hope is that others will derive satisfaction and information by reading my personalized stories about our great game. Baseball has given me much more than I could ever return but this is my opportunity to share with you, the readers, these special encounters I have had through BASEBALL MEMOIRS OF A LIFETIME.
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Excerpted from Baseball Memoirs of a Lifetime by Ken Proctor. Copyright © 2006. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.
When I was four years of age my dad, John Fred Proctor, gave me a baseball. He was my hero and model and I cherished the ball. Little did I realize what the influence of receiving that ball was to mean to me in later years. I discovered that I was becoming interested in the game and I followed it closely in my early years. And as my dad and I went to watch various oontests my love for the grand old game increased and I became more and more absorbed with baseball....We had all kinds of dreams of being baseball stars....We imagined ourselves as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and other sluggers of that era....There was no Little League at that time so we organized a team called the Panthers....We were the luckiest kids on this planet with not a care in the world and out there playing baseball together....When the Lord takes us home I hope we can do it again. It was our "field of dreams."
What People are Saying About This
This is not a book on just baseball. It is a publication on the exemplary life of an individual who has influenced generations of young high school students on the road to good citizenship. This book represents the work and love of a lifetime and should be in the library of every baseball aficionado.
Bobby Brown, N.Y. Yankees, Retired President of the American League
In all of my 41 years of coaching college baseball, I can think of no better person to write a book that speaks of life's lessons through experiences in this great game of baseball than Ken Proctor.
Head Baseball Coach, UCLA, 1975-2004