May 11th, 2012
Book Review: Major League Dads:
Baseball’s Best Players Reflect on the Fathers
Who Inspired Them to Love the Game
by Kevin Neary and Leigh A. Tobin
When I was a young girl, I played Little League softball for 4 years, playing a variety of positions, and even making the All-Star team one year. And while my dad wasn’t my formal coach, (he and my mom did sponsor my team one year, though), many hours were spent with him on the field, or in our backyard, teaching me how to throw and catch and bat. I wasn’t very good, but he was patient and kind, and helped me get better. Those were some of my fondest memories as a child…
Of course, my experiences of playing baseball with my dad are not unique at all. I bet if you ask a 100 people, more than half would tell you that baseball with their dad is a huge part of why they love the game–even today.
And professional baseball players are certainly no different. And that is where Major League Dads comes in.
Inspired by the Little League World Series, and Hall of Famer Gary Carter, who frequently mentioned how his own father coached him for many years, Major League Dads all have one thing in common: They all coached, formally, or informally, their MLB player sons…
On each page or 2, a Major League baseball player shares his memories and experiences with his dad as his coach, and how they shared their love of the sport, and taught them about baseball, how to play better, and to be a great teammate.
One of my favorite stories from the book was the one shared by catcher Johnny Estrada. Despite not being the best, or the fastest, his father instilled in him a strong work ethic, taught him how to switch hit, believe in himself, and supported him all the way to the majors.
Filled with nearly 140 stories, and many photos of players when they were young, this book covers baseball players from modern day superstars such as Roy Halladay and Justin Verlander, to Red Sox favorites such as Mike Lowell, Tim Wakefield and Curt Schilling, to the everyday players like Sam Fuld, Chone Figgins, and Kelly Shoppach, who round out a baseball team. Major League Dads is a beautiful homage to Dad’s and how they shape their children’s lives and a lovely trip down memory lane
With a forward by Terry Francona, who followed his own father’s professional baseball career with one of his own, and available where all good books are sold, Major League Dads is the perfect father’s Day gift for your dad, no matter what team he cheers for–and the perfect thank you for those hours teaching you to love the game of baseball. Check it out!