Little Things Win Big Games: Baseball Fundamentals and Fine Points

Little Things Win Big Games: Baseball Fundamentals and Fine Points


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Little Things Win Big Games: Baseball Fundamentals and Fine Points by Mr Larry Gabe

"[Little Things Win Big Games is] a comprehensive instructional manual for the game of baseball. In his debut, Gabe walks readers through the various components of the game, discussing the basic aspects of every position, and then provides in-sights into other key elements, such as sliding and bunting.

"The book accompanies each lesson with helpful pictures, which are particularly indispensable when teaching such things as proper hitting stance. It's impressively comprehensive, covering everything from proper infielder footwork to the mechanics of pitching.

"Gabe repeatedly returns to the psychological aspect of the game; at one point, he describes a player's proper mental comportment as a combination of intense focus and an unrelenting desire to win: "The killer instinct is a tool you need to use daily, even in batting practice. It brings your concentration up to another level."

"This is as well-crafted an introduction to baseball as one is likely to find in print. An excellent primer on the basics of the great American pastime."-Kirkus Reviews


I found that Larry Gabe's new book on Baseball Fundamentals, "Little Things Win Big Games", meets a real need in our world of diminishing teaching of the basics of the game of Baseball. It starts in Little League with many volunteer coaches who have a basic lack of knowledge about baseball. Many of these "coaches" have never played beyond Little League or may not have even played baseball at all.

The continuation of lack of learning continues through many AAU teams where the focus is on the "WOW" factors, how hard do you throw, how far can you hit a baseball. When the players reach high school most of the focus is on getting ready for the baseball season which starts in a short period of time, result, very limited time spent on fundamentals.

Is it any wonder that when a young player gets to college or turns professional that there are many college and Professional coaches complaining that these young players have little understanding of the fine points of baseball that they should have learned starting at age 10-12 years of age?

If you want to increase the quality of your baseball or Softball program, your coaches and your players need to read and study "Little Things Win Big Games" then practice the "Right Way", doing all the little things right that Gabe brings forth in this book. You need to get your players to the point that they never think about what they need to do---they simply react to the situation and do the little things the right way. All positions and skill sets are covered in the book. The teams that do the little things best win the games, always have and always will!!

I am happy to be able to endorse Little Things Win Big Games. It is a high-quality book that has the basics of the game I love, written and illustrated (147 pictures) in a very clear concise manner. It will help coaches and players learn the correct way to play the game which will enable them to play Mentally Alert and capitalize on every mistakes made by their opposition. You will set your program and your players apart from their peer group by using "Little Things Win Big Games". Every Coach should use this book!!

Jake Gibbs
New York Yankees catcher/third baseman 1962-71
University of Mississippi Baseball Coach 1972-90

The authors of Little Things Win Big Games were tutored by some of the best baseball minds in the country from a very young age. They were exposed to the "right way" to play the game and learned very well. Luckily, they are also proficient in sharing their knowledge of the game of baseball so splendidly in this book.

If you have children or grandchildren or neighbor kids who are playing baseball but aren't getting the type of coaching one might hope for, Little Things Win Big Games will be the foundation that will set your youngsters apart from their peers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781517508876
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/02/2015
Pages: 190
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Larry Gabe (GAH-bee) was born and raised in rural Iowa in the small farming community of Powersville where he attended a one-room elementary school. He attended high school in nearby Greene, 225 students in four grades.

He played baseball and fastpitch softball in the summers. As a yougster 10-12 years old, he frequently rode his bike nine miles on gravel roads to get to summer baseball practice. During his high school years he played football, lettered three years; basketball, lettered three years; and baseball, lettered four years. He also competed in track, lettering two years. As a senior he was named All Conference in three sports.

During summers while in high school and college, Gabe played semi-pro baseball with the Allison Cats winning the 1963 Iowa State Championship. He attended Luther College for one year lettering in baseball and basketball, and was a starting outfielder on the baseball team. Gabe then transferred to State College of Iowa, (now the University of Northern Iowa, UNI) where he again played baseball, ending with a career batting average of .312 and was selected as an all North Central Conference first baseman his senior year.

Following high school Gabe had tryouts with the Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago White Sox. He had been followed in college by scouts for the Phillies and Baltimore Orioles. However, he made a decision to pursue a more certain career in the pharmaceutical industry. Gabe worked for a division of Johnson and Johnson, Fisher Stevens, IMS America, Dun and Bradstreet, and finally the Hay Group.

During his spare time Gabe played on several world-class fastpitch softball teams, The Valpo Kings ( Valparaiso, Indiana), Cobra Industries (Mishawauka, Indiana), and Cataldi's (Hammond, Indiana). Over the course of six-seven years he played a average of 75-80 games per season against such teams as the World Champion Aurora Seal Masters, The King and His Court, and the Queen and Her Maids. Of the six contests with Eddie Feigner (The King), Gabe's teams won five.

Along with the outfield Gabe played some third base but considers his strongest defensive position to be first base. Gabe learned the footwork and other nuances of playing first from a Phillies coach who in turn learned directly from Gil Hodges while playing with him on the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Gabe and his wife Jane are retired and live in Salem, SC, near Clemson University, where they have become avid Tiger fans. They lead an active life at Keowee Key.

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