More About the Author
Jack L. Hayes currently has three nonfiction books on Amazon.
His newest release, Baseball's Archives is now avaliable in both paperback and Kindle. Jack's other two books, Baseball's Finest Moments and Business Fraud: From Trust to Betrayal are both non-fiction award-winners, and also available on this site.
Lawrence S. Ritter, baseball author, once said, "The best thing about baseball today is its yesterdays." Those words come as no surprise to those of us who are lucky enough to have played the game on the field and later in our dreams. I lived that dream, both on the field and now through my memories. You see, as a kid I was an American League batboy for the visiting teams of the Washington Senators when they played at Griffith Stadium during the early 1950s.
This, my second book on baseball, was born in the midst of controversy over steroids and other performance enhancing drugs and player suspensions. My intention in writing it was to remind readers how great the game really was. There are many great stories about baseball from those days. The game was real and tough and personal--and far less tolerant to cheating. It was the profoundly American pastime!
A good way to see the remarkable evolution of the sport is to study the record books and read the eye-witness accounts. Doing that, as you might guess, is a lot of work. But, out of love, I guess, I have taken that journey-- immersing myself in endless memorabilia, considering the astonishing firsts, facts, and feats that somehow caught the hearts of Americans. You'll read about some of the greatest performers ever to play the game; how it evolved from small ball strategies to power hitting and swinging for the fences. You'll see how critical rule changes allowed the evolution of the game, and how a few individuals had the vision and passion to grow the game, actually right along with the country, thus assuring that it would remain the national pastime.
You'll learn how, in the 1800s, Alexander J. Cartwright, Jr., took the first steps in introducing organized baseball; how early immortals such Ty Cobb dazzled the crowds in the dead-ball era; how the redoubtable Babe Ruth, roaring through the '20s, saved the game after the horrific "black sox" scandal. You'll get facts about Lou Gehrig, Jimmy Foxx, Ted Williams, and Joe DiMaggio, all of whom brought moments of joy to fans struggling through the Great Depression; about the strange baseball played without the stars who went to World War II.
You'll read about baseball's Golden Age in the '50s: Mickey Mantle, Hank Aaron, Yogi Berra, Jackie Robinson. And of course, in their time, the remarkable expansion of the game.
As we know, Major League Baseball had a hand in addressing racial issues in America. You'll read about that. And of course you'll read about women in the game in World War II. There was a bit of lightness and emancipation in that, too. Yes, there's something truly magical about baseball. I believe most Americans feel it. Reading this book, you'll recall the journey we've been on together--Americans and baseball--through the years.
In writing this book, I've tried to record the best of the best--the greatest events. Accuracy is important! During my research, I made a sincere effort to record only those historical events that were verified either through multiple resources or resources that I believe to be most trustworthy.
This book is written in a format somewhat similar to "trivia," but its approach is better described as "unique trivia"; that is, it is designed to enrich the knowledge of even the most dyed-in-the-wool enthusiast and create enjoyment for all. In short, whether you know a lot about baseball or not, I think you'll have fun with the book.
Baseball's Finest Moments:
As a fourteen-year-old teenager, Jack Hayes believed and turned his dreams into realities. In 1953 and 1954, Jack was visiting team's batboy for the Washington Senators baseball team.
Back then, there were only eight American League teams. Those teams were the Washington Senators, Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Athletics, St. Louis Browns, Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox, and Cleveland Indians.
Jack's captivating and almost unbelievable story of how he landed his batboy job and what followed is amazing! Not only was he privy to what went on behind the scenes--in the clubhouse, dugout and on the field; Jack also rubbed elbows and practiced with some of the greatest players of all times, including Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams, Satchel Paige and dozens of other immortal stars. All of that and more--in an era that will go down as one of baseball's greatest -- perhaps even the greatest of all times!
Business Fraud: From Trust to Betrayal:
In modern business it is not the crook who is to be feared most,it is the honest man who doesn't know what he is doing.
This First-Place Non-Fiction, award-winning book, Business Fraud: From Trust to Betrayal introduces the most revolutionary breakthrough in preventing and combating internal fraud and embezzlement that has taken place within the business world in decades.
Why such a book? First, never before has the severity of business fraud and embezzlement reached the magnitude that it has today. Billions upon billions of dollars are lost annually to these crimes. Actual case histories and ongoing research show that no type of operation is immune from internal business crime whether it be - the smallest little league operation or largest multi-billion dollar corporation, medical facility or private practice, school or university, religious or non-profit organization, law enforcement or government agency. Secondly, it is a well known 'secret' that the key to internal fraud prevention is to get management more involved in this effort.
After investigating and closely analyzing crimes against businesses for over forty years, the book's author, Jack L. Hayes was able to identify a new, smarter, and more cost-effective way to minimize internal fraud within all types of business operations, and that is what Business Fraud: From Trust to Betrayal is about! It is the first book of its kind to be written primarily for business owners and managers, and Jack Hayes is eminently qualified to write it. He is an internationally recognized authority on business crime, an accomplished executive, and a highly experienced management consultant.
This multilevel expertise has taught Jack to appreciate that there is a fine-line when it comes to intertwining any executive's fraud and embezzlement prevention practices with those daily rigors and time constraints that are found within any business environment. One good example of this is while numerous anecdotes throughout the book demonstrate how various incidents of internal fraud occur, Jack takes extreme care to ensure that only practical solutions which can be realistically and easily performed by management are included.
The book is written in an informal, but convincing style in Jack Hayes' voice, and its contents evolve around a number of proven-successful techniques as seen through the eyes of a business executive. It is broken into five parts and 15 chapters that present readers with a wealth of evolving information: Chapters 1 - 9 addresses the complexity and negative impact of this crime through the use of anecdotes that reveal how incidents of fraud occur, the author's personal experiences and research, and explanations of how needless risks are created at the management level. Chapters 10 - 14 focus on prevention and how-to fix those previously discussed risks. The book ends with Chapter 15's Seven Steps to Success, a series of easy to implement and cost-effective strategies to help minimize, if not totally eliminate, internal fraud risks within any type of business organization. In addition to the above, the book includes appropriate chapter quotes, checklists, risk survey, forms, guides, and worksheets ranging from the initial operation's risk assessment survey and new hire background authorization form, to a management guide and multiple program worksheets.
Knowledge regarding methods/ways individuals steal
For over forty years, Jack Hayes has conducted extensive studies into how and why people steal from all types of businesses. During this period, he has interviewed literally hundreds of dishonest employees, white-collar criminals, vendors, shoplifters and sophisticated organized crime professionals. Examples of his unique "lessons learned" are contained throughout his Business Fraud book.
Psychological research--measurement of a person's propensity for dishonesty
In 1980, Jack was introduced to Dr. David J. Cherrington and his late brother, Dr. Owen J. Cherrington, both professors at Brigham Young University. The Cherrington's were on the threshold of conducting psychological research relating to the measurement of a person's propensity for dishonesty. This approach presented new research opportunities, and a partnership was formed with the Cherringtons. Jack brought to the table what he had learned about dishonesty in the workplace, and the Cherringtons did the same. This knowledge-sharing, and gathering and analyzing extensive psychological data relating to integrity testing of thousands of individuals revealed compelling evidence that various honesty and integrity factors can be accurately measured.
After studying a large sampling of "honesty testing" instruments over the years, Jack and Dr. David Cherrington formed the opinion that, although these psychological tests are not perfectly reliable, they are much more reliable than pre-employment interviews and generally about as reliable as other personnel tests.
Theft survey--resource for statistical data and identification of anti-theft inadequacies
In 1988, Hayes International published its First Annual Retail Theft Survey. Over the years, these surveys have revealed that the number of actual internal theft apprehensions and dollars recovered have been incredible. For example, over a ten-year period (2000-2009) those companies surveyed reported 700,000 employee theft apprehensions. In addition, the survey's findings also suggested that hiring processes are astonishingly inadequate. (Hayes International's latest survey is available at hayesinternational.com)
Jack L. Hayes is an award-winning published author. Jack has also conducted numerous business-related seminars and lectures throughout the United States, Canada, Bermuda, New Zealand, South American and Europe.
Jack and his wife, Darlene, live in Central Florida.