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Major League Dads: Baseball's Best Players Reflect on the Fathers Who Inspired Them to Love the Game Hardcover – April 24, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762444525
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762444526
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #986,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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P.K. Library Journal
"…a sentimental book for readers who like the old-fashioned appeal of the father-son baseball connection... Readers will enjoy the simple reminiscences of players such as Moises Alou or Aaron Boone who had MLB fathers and who grew up around the stadium. Other sons, e.g., pitcher Greg Maddux, had dads who coached them in the early years and who were wise enough to realize the limits of their baseball knowledge. …a good option for public libraries or as a Father’s Day gift."

 

Publisher’s Weekly
A perfect Father’s Day gift for baseball-loving dads, Neary and Tobin’s collection of 137 reminiscences from current and former professional baseball players who each had their fathers as their early (and sometimes pro) coaches is clearly a
labor of love."
 
Boston Red Thoughts Blog
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!”

 

About the Author

Kevin Neary has been a fan of the game his entire life. He worked with the Philadelphia Phillies for nine years. For the past twenty years he has worked for the Walt Disney Company, where he has written five books and has participated in over 500 radio, television and print interviews. He lives in Celebration, FL.
 
Leign A. Tobin worked for the Philadelphia Phillies for more than 20 years in PR as a writer for the club's publications and later as the Director of Media Relations. She has relationships with a great number of major league players. She lives in Philadelphia, PA.

Terry Francona is the two-time World Series champion manager for the Boston Red Sox and the fourth person in history to manage 1,000 games for the Red Sox.

Customer Reviews

Its an absolute must read!!!
ChrisR
This is a crafty book filled with father and son stories as recalled by major leaguers we all know.
Ted McDonald
This book has way too many stories and not nearly enough substance.
Sports Author Vince

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ChrisR on May 20, 2012
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I have been eagerly anticipating the release of this book. After reading this book cover to cover at least two times it does not disappoint. Reading about how much their Dads influenced some of my favorite players was very heartwarming. My Dad died took young to coach me, but; I now coach my daughters team and hope that she has these same memories about me as she gets older. In reading this book you get to see how much the players fathers cared about their child. The fathers not only were their baseball coaches but life coaches as well. A tight bond with a parent is always a great aspect of life. The fact that baseball is near and to MY heart and seeing how much further the parent child relationship can grow through sports is a great thing. The stories are so touching and heartfelt its hard not to shed some tears of your own when reading this book. Its an absolute must read!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barry Sparks VINE VOICE on May 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Authors Kevin Neary and Leigh Tobin have interviewed 134 major league baseball players about their fathers, who were their coaches when they were growing up. Most of the interviews are one to one and half pages. Some are as short as half a page and a handful run three pages. Most can be read in three minutes or less.

The authors have selected quantity over quality. Most of the interviews were conducted in major league clubhouses and the players seemingly didn't spend much time with the authors. Interviewing 134 players was way too many because there's little substance to most of the interviews.

Most of the fatherly advice falls into the following categories: work hard, don't quit, hustle, stay positive, have fun and be passionate about the game. Reading slightly different versions of this advice gets rather monotonous after awhile. There are no poignant or touching stories here.

The formula is a little background on the player, a couple quotes about his dad, some information about the player's first major league game and whether or not his dad attended and not much more. I would have preferred to have fewer players featured with more depth about their father-son relationship.

Many well-known players such as Derek Jeter, Roy Halladay, David Wright, Greg Maddux, Joe Mauer, Justin Verlander and Scott Rolen are included in the book. Lesser known players are also included, such as Scott Dohmann, Sam Fuld, J.J. Furmaniak, Justin Ruggiano, Taylor Tankersley and Jason Wood. An interesting feature of the book is the photos of some of the players when they played Little League or youth baseball.

This is not the type of book that you read straight through. It's best read by picking different chapters, perhaps of your favorite players.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ted McDonald on August 4, 2013
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This is a crafty book filled with father and son stories as recalled by major leaguers we all know. This book does two things very well: it tells the story of dad and little league, how important these father and son moments shape the man and career for the most successful among us. The second is more subtle: this book tells the positive stories of baseball and it's stars, when there's so little of that available. This book will restore your faith in many of baseball's best.

A great gift to any fan. This book restores the love of the game from it's simplest perspective: That of a kid playing catch with his dad.
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