Before the Glory: 20 Baseball Heroes Talk About Growing Up and Turning Hard Times Into Home Runs

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Health Communications, Incorporated, Mar 1, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 384 pages
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More than any other sport, baseball has been identified with America—its values, dreams, lessons, and losses. Most of all, baseball is connected to the American childhood. In Before the Glory, the game’s living legends, maverick players, and stars of today tell the stories of their childhood and coming of age with the innocence and candor of youth. From Bill Mazeroski growing up in a shack without heating or electricity, to Ron LeFlore becoming addicted to drugs at the age of twelve, to David Wright winning a food-fight in the school cafeteria, Before the Glory is not simply baseball, it is life. It is poverty, segregation, innovation, integration, survival, war, peace, love, hate, villains, and heroes—all as seen through the eyes of everyday children who happened to have the desire and ability to rise to the top of America’s greatest sport. Hall of Famers, retired MLB players, and current stars, including David Wright, Justin Morneau, and Brian Roberts  agreed to be interviewed especially for this book and share, in their own words, their perspectives on the challenges of childhood, family life, and reaching goals. This book is an inspiration to young and older fans alike. Foreword by Brooks Robinson. Includes an 8-page color insert.

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About the author (2007)

Billy Staples holds a bachelor of science degree in education from East Stroudsburg University. Billy has taught English in the public school system in Bethlehem, PA. He is a two-time Disney National Teacher of the Year nominee. He has been featured with one of his students in a five-part series on CNN.

Rich Herschlag is the author and coauthor of several books, including "Jack of All Trades", "The Interceptor", "Lay Low and Don't Make the Big Mistake", and "Women are from Manhattan, Men are from Brooklyn". He earned an engineering degree from Princeton University.

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