Conversations with Coach Wooden: On Baseball, Heroes, and Life

Conversations with Coach Wooden: On Baseball, Heroes, and Life

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ISBN-13: 9781595800763
Publisher: Santa Monica Press
Publication date: 05/15/2013
Pages: 439
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.24(d)

About the Author


Gary Adams was the head coach of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) baseball team for 30 years. He is the school's all-time winningest baseball coach and led the team to conference titles and five second-place finishes. He lives in Bear Valley Springs, California. Eric Karros is a UCLA alumnus and a retired Major League Baseball (MLB) player who played for the Los Angeles Dodgers for 12 seasons. He was named National League Rookie of the Year in 1992 and is a color commentator for baseball on Fox. Karros also hosts a local Los Angeles Dodgers pregame show. He lives in Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

Foreword Eric Karros 10

Pregame Warm-Up 12

The Early Innings 1959-1982

The First Inning 16

A Scary Meeting 22

Coach's Voice 25

Lewis Alcindor Considers Playing Baseball 28

Coach's First Love 31

The Remarkable Billy Kilmer 40

Our Friend, Coach Reichle 46

A Lesson in Patience 53

Recruiting the Wooden Way 62

Captains 69

The Game 72

Coach Saves the Day 78

A Coach's Player 92

The Bench 97

Loyalty 101

Fate 104

The Wooden-Brown Connection 108

An Open Mind 112

A Rare Baseball Interview 119

Two Similar Coaches 122

Our Heroes 125

The Middle Innings 1983-2002

A Tough Fourth Inning 136

Three Slam-Dunk Heroes: Lynn "Buck" Compton Rafer Johnson, and Jackie Robinson 139

Breaking the Rules 171

Challenging Decisions 175

What Do You Call a Man Like Coach Wooden? 180

Competitive Greatness 183

Dads, Wives, and Children 188

Moms 194

What Is Success? 197

Commitment 202

Respect Vs. Fear 206

Passion Vs. Self-Control 209

A Comeback Player 213

Referees and Umpires 217

Beanball War: Part I 228

Beanball War: Part II 237

Two Great Coaches Tell Their Babe Ruth Stories 246

Numbers 249

Chats with Coach 252

A Curious Misprint? 254

Low-Scoring Games 256

The Winningest Coach 259

Our Mentors 261

A Humble Reminder 263

Be Quick, Don't Hurry 265

It's All About Effort 267

Fair and Reasonable 269

Note to Young Coaches 270

A Tough Act to Follow 271

Pulling Pitchers 273

October 14 275

The Definition of a Hero 277

The Late Innings 2003-2010

Coach's Two Favorite Words 280

Coach's Surprise Visit 285

Winning with Honor 290

Top of the Eighth 297

Finishing the Billy Kilmer Story 302

The Most-Asked Question 304

Attend College or Sign Pro? 307

Building a Car and a Team 318

The Pyramid of Success 321

Industriousness: Rich Amaral, Eric Karros, and Chase Utley 324

Enthusiasm: Eric Byrnes, Jack Gifford, and David Roberts 348

Life and Death 376

A Trusted Friend 378

A Misunderstood Friend 389

Coach Talks Baseball with Friends 395

Top of the Ninth 409

Bottom of the Ninth 416

Extra Innings 425

Acknowledgments 428

Photo Credits 431

References 432

Index 434

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