CONTENTS

From Chicken Soup for the Baseball Fan's Soul

Contents

Introduction

1. FOR LOVE OF THE GAME

No Crying in Baseball Michael O’Connor

Batter Up, Dad Anne Carter

The Only Way I Know Cal Ripken Jr. and Mike Ryan

The Lost Ball Dan Connolly

Special Delivery from Michigan Neal Shine

A Binding Contract Don Wade

The Sermon on the Mound Orel Hershiser

It’s Baseball Season Denise Turner

Watching the Next Mark McGwire? Woody Woodburn

My Finest Hour Dave and Jan Dravecky with Ken Gire

2. A DAY AT THE BALLPARK

My Quest for a Baseball Doug Lesmerises

Get Lost, Kid! Bob Batz

The Impossible Dream Peggy Spence

A Proud Father Phil Arvia

The Whistle Story Bill Goldberg as told to Anita Gogno

A Three-Million-Dollar Grab Daniel Paisner

A Magical Moment Stephen Yudelson

A Little Faith Led to Miracle Catch Steven Moore

The Best Game I Never Saw Darrel Radford

3. DEFINING MOMENTS

The Legend William G. Tapply

Living His Dream Dan Raley

That’s Why God Made Tall Infielders Tommy Lasorda as told to Ernie Witham

A Glove Story Woody Woodburn

The Heart of the Game Steve Minnick

My First Home Run Jeff Kidd

One Hit Makes All the Difference Doug Lesmerises

Catch of a Lifetime R. Gregory Alonzo

The Foul Ball Gary D’Amato

Winning Isn’t Everything Mary Owen

4. HEROES

Man of His Word Ralph Kiner

True Heroes Earn the Title Michael J. Feigum

The Big Friendly Cop Woody Woodburn

Meeting My Favorite Player Carol Costa

A True Hero Joe Haakenson

The Day I Met The Splendid Splinter Ted Janse

Hero of the Game Dan Connolly

The Last Game Linda Poynter

One Man, Alone Hal Bock

5. FROM THE DUGOUT

A Batboy Looks Back Mark Stodghill

A Game of Life Jayson Stark

A Magical Baseball Player John McNamara

Dad’s Field of Dreams Mike Royko

Who’s Number One? Kenneth L. Montgomery

Big Leaguers’ Little League Memories Alan Schwarz

Lessons in Living a Humble Life James Breig

Play Ball! Sharon Shearer Harsh

Roger Maris and Me Andy Strasberg

6. HEADING FOR HOME

My Father’s Voice Jake Mannon as told to Lois J.Mannon

Spring Sounds, Spring Dreams Paul Della Valle

A Little League Mom Harry Del Grande

A Guide to Little League Parenting Ernie Witham

Yerr Out! Clark Cothern

The Cold Breeze of Baseball Dale Wannen

Bringing Up Son . . . and Father, Too Ellen Goodman

Something Wonderful Robert Remler

A Game of Catch Rick Carson

7. FIELD OF DREAMS

The Chase Jeffrey Flanagan

Hot Dog Heaven Steve Carlson

Home Free! David E. Morine

Trying to Fulfill a Dream Ken Rosenthal

The Second Time Around Richard Justice

Rediscovering My Dream Dom Amore

Days of Heaven Philip Ross

8. WISDOM OF THE GAME

The Unforgettable Charlie Brown Alan Schwarz

Three Strikes of Life Michael Finley

My Uncle and Me Pat Jordan

Diapers and Diamonds Ron Reid

Life with Father Steve Salerno

Bringing Parents Up to Code Rick Reilly

The Power of Motivation Tommy Lasorda as told to Ernie Witham

T-Ball and the Beaver Judge Keith J. Leenhouts

9. BOTTOM OF THE NINTH

Memories of My Hero Scott Pitoniak

Giant Killer! Kyle Moylan

A Cup for the Coach Joanne P. Brady

Back When Audrey Curran

Coming Out of Retirement Scott Pitoniak

A Childhood Memory Jeff Zillgitt

So Many Things to Love About America’s Game Howie Stalwick

Still Dangerous Jack Myers

Full Circle Lawrence S. Ritter

Who Is Jack Canfield?

Who Is Mark Victor Hansen?

Who Are Mark and Chrissy Donnelly?

Who Is Tommy Lasorda?

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