Coach: Lessons on the Game of Life

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 93 pages
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"There are teachers with a rare ability to enter a child's mind; it's as if their ability to get there at all gives them the right to stay forever." There was a turning point in Michael Lewis's life, in a baseball game when he was fourteen years old. The irascible and often terrifying Coach Fitz put the ball in his hand with the game on the line and managed to convey such confident trust in Lewis's ability that the boy had no choice but to live up to it. "I didn't have words for it then, but I do now: I am about to show the world, and myself, what I can do." The coach's message was not simply about winning but about self-respect, sacrifice, courage, and endurance. In some ways, and now thirty years later, Lewis still finds himself trying to measure up to what Coach Fitz expected of him.

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"Old school" coaches like Billy Fitzgerald-tough, intractable, obsessed with perfection-are increasingly rare in American life. InCoach , Lewis, author of the best-sellingLiar's Poker , tells a brief ... Read full review

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Good stories about a former coach. Must read if you're coaching Little League.

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Michael Lewis, is the best-selling author of Liar’s Poker, Moneyball, The Blind Side, and Flash Boys. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and three children.

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