Mrs. Morhard and the Boys: One mother's vision. The first boys' baseball league. A nation inspired.

Mrs. Morhard and the Boys: One mother's vision. The first boys' baseball league. A nation inspired.

by Ruth Hanford Morhard

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Overview

As the Great Depression brought America to the brink of disaster, a devoted single mother in Cleveland, Ohio, wrestled triumph out of adversity by creating a community activity that would inspire the nation.
 
Josephine Morhard never waited for something to happen. At twelve years old, fiercely independent Josephine left her family’s Pennsylvania farm to start a new life. Coming of age during one of the most devastating times in America, and weathering two bad marriages, Josephine put her personal problems aside to insure a productive future for her daughter and son. But Junior was a volatile boy of eight—until his mother came upon a novel sports idea to encourage discipline, guidance, and self-worth in her son. Out of a dream, an empty lot, and the enthusiasm of other neighborhood kids, Josephine established the first boys’ baseball league in America. Her city—and the country—was watching.
 
Beyond all expectations, the Cleveland Indians rallied behind her project. Indians legends Bob Feller, Jeff Heath, and Roy Weatherly helped hone the boys’ skills; renowned sports reporter Hal Lebovitz became an umpire; and they were given permission to play in historic League Park. All the while, as Josephine’s Little Indians graduated into the Junior American and Junior National Leagues, and finally a Little World Series, she instilled in her boys strong values, good sportsmanship, and an unprecedented sense of accomplishment. Some of them, like Ray Lindquist and Jack Heinen, would become Minor League players. Not one of Mrs. Morhard’s boys would ever forget her.
 
In this stirring biography of an unsung American heroine, Josephine Morhard’s daughter-in-law recounts the extraordinary life and accomplishments of a resilient, selfless, and determined woman. Her inspiring true story—a long time coming—is something to cheer for.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780806538891
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 02/26/2019
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 53,183
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Ruth Hanford Morhard holds a Certificate in Creative Nonfiction from Stanford University. As head of Ruth Reid & Company, her day job is marketing and communications consultant to national and regional institutions. She has been a senior executive with major philanthropic and arts institutions and has taught public relations writing. Morhard lives in Chardon, Ohio, with her husband Al, son of Josephine Morhard.

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Big Day 1

I Early Life 7

1 A Cruel Winter 9

2 The Early Years 18

3 Making a Decision 34

II Struggles 43

4 On Her Own 45

5 Bright Lights 59

6 The Promoter 73

7 The Butcher 89

8 Another Try, And Another 96

9 Hard Times 109

10 The Game 115

III Baseball 129

11 Josephine's Idea 131

12 Fourteen Little Indians 147

13 Growing Pains 159

14 Baseball Idols 164

15 They Will Come 173

16 The Junior American League 180

17 The Junior National League 190

18 Conflicts Abroad 198

19 The Little World Series 206

IV The Final Inning 217

20 Wartime Brings the End 219

21 The Reunion 233

Epilogue: The Old Ball Fields 234

About this Book 249

Acknowledgments 251

Notes 253

About the Author 278

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Anonymous 6 months ago
Josephine Morhard's story fills an impressive niche in baseball history, especially as it relates to youth baseball. Well researched, and enriched with an understanding of the times and events that shaped the formation of boys' baseball leagues, the story is well crafted, interesting, inspiring and true. Her story journals her roots, her challenges, and the determination that marked her achievements. Hardship and pain only strengthen her desire to make a difference. Highly recommended; well written!