An Inning At A Time

An Inning At A Time

by Mel Machuca, Will Shepherd


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An Inning at a Time is about a small-town Indiana baseball team that won the American Legion Baseball National Championship in 1977. It chronicles the improbable path of one team's journey that changed ordinary into extraordinary. It's an account of a group of young athletes coming of age - who dared to be winners and for one glorious season to live a dream by substituting passion for lack of size and who had the heart to overcome their fear of failure and outplay teams with bigger, stronger and more exceptional athletes.

Our story is a message to coaches, players and parents that any team that is willing to do the work and play for today can win this tournament. It doesn't take superstars; it takes consistency and coaches trusting each player to reach his full potential: the same today as it was then. This team remains the only National Champion from Indiana in the 83-year history of American Legion Baseball.

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ISBN-13: 9781592995530
Publisher: First Books
Publication date: 12/22/2010
Pages: 218
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.46(d)

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BJKoch More than 1 year ago
An Inning at a Time is not just the title of this book; it is an approach to the game of baseball that helped The Marauders, a team of young men from Indiana, win a National Championship. The Marauders surpassed all expectations, defeating teams that were bigger and more experienced than they were. Impressively, The Marauders¿ records from that season still remain unbroken to this day. The story of this team¿s rise to Championship glory provides excellent insight and motivation for anyone who is part of a team, whether in sports or in the workforce. I think one of the most important elements of this team¿s success was the idea that they could go for the American Legion National Championship in the first place. Who would even dare think it was possible for this small, unknown team to win? But The Marauders proved that success was possible, because they made the decision and the commitment to win. The part I liked the best is how The Marauders viewed the opposing teams¿ talent. They did not care that the other teams were bigger or better than they were. The only thing that mattered was the final score of the game. To The Marauders, a team was only bigger and better if they could prove it on the scoreboard on game day. The demise of the opposing teams came down to this simple mentality. Size and skill did not matter if they did not possess the mind-set needed to win. Being bigger and better are great assets, but no one should take for granted how far a winning attitude will take you. You will certainly find An Inning at a Time to be fascinating. Whether you are looking for a great book to serve as motivational insight for your team, or if you simply desire to read a championship baseball story, this book will prove to be a page-turner. You will find yourself waiting to find out what happens in each game leading up to the results of the Championship. An Inning at a Time is an excellent and motivating book that portrays a message that will not easily be forgotten.