Coach: Lessons on the Game of Life

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W. W. Norton & Company, Apr 17, 2005 - Sports & Recreation - 96 pages
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A story with a big heart about a boy, a coach, the game of baseball, and the game of life.

"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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User Review  - kivarson - LibraryThing

This slim tome called to me from the shelves, which is unusual, since I'm not a fan of sports at all. But Lewis' book is less about sports and more about the art of inspiring teenagers to strive for ... Read full review

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User Review  - mrtall - LibraryThing

Very un-politically correct profile of a tough coach who taught Lewis more than he realized at the time. Note that this is a very slim book indeed -- hardly more than a long essay. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
11
Section 2
34
Section 3
53
Section 4
94
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About the author (2005)

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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