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Diamonds from the Dugout: 115 Baseball Legends Remember Their Greatest Hits

Diamonds from the Dugout: 115 Baseball Legends Remember Their Greatest Hits

by Mark Newman, Robinson Foreword

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What hit meant the most to you and why? It was a simple question of nine words, a magical number in baseball, and it led award-winning sportswriter Mark Newman on an eight-year journey that would bring about surprising stories and empowering life lessons from the minds of the most fabled Major League hitters in our time.

Charming tales of heroic moments are delivered in a very different and captivating way, as unique as the men who made them happen right before our eyes. It all started with the beloved Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson, whose eager response was a much-needed lesson in humility as well as inducement to ask it again. From one legend to the next, the answers were unexpected, introspective, telling, and most of all inspiring. 

Diamonds from the Dugout is a collection of motivational lessons on achieving success in life, organized through stories shared by such greats as Derek Jeter, Stan Musial, Ken Griffey Jr., Pete Rose, Carl Yastrzemski, Wade Boggs, Frank Thomas, Mike Piazza, Cal Ripken Jr., George Brett, Johnny Bench, Brooks and Frank Robinson, Rickey Henderson, Tony Gwynn, Albert Pujols, Mike Schmidt, Carlton Fisk, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez, Jim Palmer, Robin Yount, Andre Dawson, Lou Brock, Ozzie Smith, Roberto Clemente (via wife Vera), Dave Winfield, Ferguson Jenkins, Joe Carter, Steve Garvey, Ralph Kiner, Roberto Alomar, Bo Jackson, Dale Murphy, Darryl Strawberry, Don Mattingly and more than 100 of our favorites of all-time.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681570686
Publisher: Blue River Press
Publication date: 10/01/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Mark Newman is a recipient of the National Magazine Award for General Excellence and has been a baseball writer since 1990, including nearly the last two decades with Major League Baseball Advanced Media ( The Indiana University graduate is a longtime Hall of Fame voting member of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America working 25 World Series. Before MLBAM, he co-founded and oversaw content at digital ventures including Sporting News Online,, MAX Broadcasting Network. Before that, he was an award-winning pro sports beat writer for The Miami Herald, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and San Jose Mercury News.

Brooks Robinson is a former professional baseball player. He played his entire major league career of 23 years for the Baltimore Orioles. Considered by many as the best third baseman in baseball history Brooks played in eighteen All-Star games, won sixteen Golden Glove Awards, was voted America League MVP and World Series MVP. Brooks was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Brooks Robinson vii

Acknowledgements xi

Introduction 3

Focus on What You Want 7

Edgar Martinez 7

Derek Jeter 9

Roberto Clemente 11

Orlando Cepeda 14

Johnny Bench 16

Tim McCarver 17

Roy White 17

Will Clark 19

Brad Hawpe 22

Dare to be Different 24

Mike Piazza 24

Terry Cashman 27

Rusty Staub 28

Carlton Fisk 30

Joe Carter 32

Luis Gonzalez 34

Aaron Boone 36

Curtis Granderson 37

Put It Behind You 40

Carl Yastrzemski 40

Lou Brock 42

Clint Hurdle 45

Alex Rodriguez 47

Don Kessinger 49

Maury Wills 52

Tony Perez 55

Carlos Baerga 56

Felix Millan 58

Bernie Williams 60

Mookie Wilson 62

Josh Hamilton 63

Set Big Goals and Hustle 65

Pete Rose 65

Get On Board 74

Brooks Robinson 74

Bobby Richardson 75

Mike Schmidt 77

Frank Robinson 78

Don Mattingly 80

Andre Dawson 82

Eric Davis 83

Brian McCann 84

Reggie Smith 85

Come Home with Joy 87

Chipper Jones 88

George Brett 90

Rickey Henderson and Bo Jackson 93

Wade Boggs 94

Chris Chambliss 96

Dave Parker 99

Jim Eisenreich 100

Justin Upton 101

Matthew Newman 102

Mark McGwire 103

Seize the Moment 106

Robin Yount 106

Ron Swoboda 108

Albert Pujols 109

Joe Morgan 111

Bob Watson 112

Tim Salmon 113

Arsenio Hall 115

Jim Edmonds 116

Outwork Everyone 118

Jim Kaat 118

Harold Baines 122

Johnny Goryl 123

Marquis Grissom 128

Dr. Bobby Brown 131

Confidence and Concentration 133

Hank Aaron 133

Bud Selig 135

Dusty Baker 137

Jim Thome 139

Mickey Mantle 141

Bob Costas 143

James Caan 144

Abraham Lincoln 145

Evan Longoria 146

Reggie Sanders 147

Babe Ruth 148

Think of Others 151

Ken Griffey Jr. and Sr. 151

Cal Ripken Jr. 155

Ferguson Jenkins 157

Alan Trammell 159

Steve Garvey 160

Carlos May 161

Jake Peavy 162

David Wright 163

Ed Kranepool 165

John Mayberry 165

Carlos Beltran 167

Miguel Tejada 167

Do Something Memorable 169

Frank Thomas 169

Dave Winfield 170

Joe Charboneau 172

Reggie Jackson 174

Joe Piscopo 174

Tom Brokaw 176

Mike Shannon 177

Jim Rice 178

Jim Sundberg 179

Mark Teixeira 180

Bucky Dent 183

Order the Present 184

Darryl Strawberry 184

Stan Musial and Tony Gwynn 186

Roberto Alomar 190

Sandy Alomar Jr. 191

Tino Martinez 193

Steve Finley 194

Ivan Rodriguez 196

Mike Lowell 198

Kenny Lofton 200

Never Surrender 201

Craig Biggio 201

Dale Murphy 205

Jorge Posada 206

David Eckstein 208

Torii Hunter 209

Dmitri Young 210

Goose Goslin 211

Drive Them Crazy 214

Ozzie Smith 214

Jim Palmer 216

Davey Lopes 217

Prince Fielder 219

Barry Lyons 220

Ralph Kiner 221

About the Author 225

Player Roster 227

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