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Between the Lines: Nine Principles to Live By Hardcover – Bargain Price, September 13, 2001
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In his second book Between the Lines: The Nine Things Baseball Taught Me About Life, co-authored by Robert Wolgemuth, Hershiser writes about how his experiences in baseball taught him about perseverance in life. Although Hershiser stared in the Majors, his rise was not an easy one. He had to overcome many obstacles early on in his career. He was stuck in the minor leagues for four years and he had to come back from serious shoulder surgery in the prime of his career. Hershiser also talks about personal miseries with him dropping out of college after getting cut from the baseball team and then later in life dealing with the death of his good friend and agent Robert Fraley. The book was an easy read and Hershiser offers some very good advice about life or at least on how he became successful. The book is not organized chronologically but instead Hershiser and Wolgemuth headline each chapter with his principles of life. Readers looking for play by play analysis of his career will be disappointed with Between the Lines because Hershiser takes a more personal account of his life in and out of baseball. But overall the book taught me things about life and inspired me to strife for my goals not only in sports but in life.
Unlike most athletes, Orel does not give a biography. Instead he picks nine principles he sees for a successful life, and then gives anecdotes, almost exclusively from his own life, to support those points.
Orel does not come across as "Look at me! I have a Cy Young award, two league championship MVPs, and a World Series ring and MVP award, to go along with having the record for most consecutive scoreless innings." Instead, you have a normal person who managed to accomplish a lot, and a desire to encourage others to accomplish a lot in their lives.
This book is very readable. In the introduction Orel paints the picture of the book being like a conversation in a diner. It is fun reading stories about Tommy LaSorda, especially when he is in the ear of his former pitcher before the 5th game of the '95 series.
I would recommend for every parent to get this book for their son or daughter, and then read it with them so they can discuss the issues. One, this will help your child apply the lessons, and two, we oldies can use the advice as well.
of pitching 59 consecutive scoreless innings in
1988 . . . even typing that number now, I find it
hard to believe that a pitcher could manage to
keep opposing batters from scoring for so long.
Thus when I had the chance to listen to
his book, BETWEEN THE LINES (written
with Robert Wogemuth), I was interested to see
if he would talk about how he was able to accomplish
this goal . . . he did, sprinkling in interesting tidbits
about his personal philosophy toward both the game and life.
This is not a tell-all book . . . Hershiser rarely
speaks bad about any player, coach, manager,
or even umpire . . . in fact, he even points out
that he rarely ever argued about any ball or strike call.
What he does well is emphasize the claim he
makes in the book's subtitle: NINE THINGS BASEBALL
TAUGHT ME ABOUT LIFE.
There's nothing breathtakingly new here, but it still
is the perfect book for any athlete at virtually any
stage of his or her career . . . non-players will
like it too.
And anybody who reads it will come across convinced
that it is the little things in life that can really make
a difference . . . for example, Hershiser rarely varied from
his everyday routine--no matter what was happening around him.
He also seems to be one of the rare professional
athletes who always placed his family over even
his baseball career.
One theme is to focus on what you can control and don't expend energy on the rest. He emphasizes how important the preparation process is because it's all about focus. That is what one can control. If one continually prepares, success is inevitable. He talks about building a mind-set where everyday counted. Excellence mattered to him. He wasn't trying to please his coaches, he was seeking excellence for its own reward.
As a Christian he talks about how he came to know the Lord Jesus. I bought the book because I knew he was a Bowling Green man. It turns out he's a class act all the way around. His advice is solid.