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An Inning at a Time: An American Legion Baseball National Championship Story Paperback – December 22, 2010


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  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Inkwater Press (December 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592995535
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592995530
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,949,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jim on February 26, 2011
As I started reading An Inning at a Time, I wondered how many people would want to read a whole book about a team from Northern Indiana that won the American Legion Baseball National Championship 32 years ago? As soon as I finished reading the Introduction and first chapter, my skepticism turned into an admiration that carried through the entire text. The book is well written and the story itself becomes an embodiment of the real essence of baseball as a sport; a TEAM sport. The tone throughout is clear, instructive and, in its own way, riveting. In the top of each inning we read the narrative of how the players are chosen, developed, molded into a team. Mel Machuca's philosophy sets an underlying tone for the narrative. The reader grows to appreciate the way he comes to know his players and fosters their growth both as athletes and as persons. There are rites of self-discovery in every chapter, and every coach, from little league to major league, could benefit from the Machuca approach. In the bottom of each inning, the same games and events are seen from the perspective of one of the players, Will Shepherd. This is a unique and successful way to capture what happened and how it felt to the players as they developed trust and confidence in each other over the course of the season. The result is not unlike a baseball version of Hoosiers. It is that good. This is likely the best book ever to go inside American Legion baseball. It is as relevant today as it was 32 years ago. Anyone organizing, coaching or playing American Legion baseball today will find this book defining, inspiring and a must read. The sponsors of American Legion baseball and of its annual tournament should get behind this book as positive justification for their efforts and support on behalf of American Legion ball. Jim Langford, author of The Game is Never Over.
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Flying back to Cincinnati after a business trip in Palm Springs, we spent 3 hours on the tarmac in Wichita Falls, TX while the airport was shut down in Dallas. After landing in Dallas, we proceeded to spend another 2 hours on the tarmac waiting for a gate to open. Needless to say, the hours flew by because I had the book, "An Inning at a Time."

This was a great read and an amazing story. It was entertaining, educational, and inspirational. I have "Facebooked" and "Tweeted" this piece as a must read for sports fans and business leaders.

I loved the dichotomy of perspectives of the authors, coach and player. What a great approach to telling a story. Kudos to you both. I have dog-eared many sections and highlighted your four axioms. I especially love #4 "Do it now."
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