"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, Chipper Jones, 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, Mark McGwire, 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.
The very same Brooks Robinson was kind enough to provide the Foreword, just one of so many reasons there are to love the great No. 5. As he writes in the book, "Thanks for being a fan and for wanting to soak in so many of these wonderful life lessons that Baseball has to offer.
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Published by Blue River Press. Thanks to Cardinal Publishers Group.