From Chicken Soup for the Baseball Fan's Soul


R. Gregory Alonzo, heralded as the definitive speaker on success, has achieved national acclaim for his work on prosperity consciousness and lifestyle fulfillment. Honored in 1992 by his peers as Speaker of the Year ,he is the author of Say Yes to Success. He makes his home in Carlsbad, California. He can be reached at 2943 Cottonwood St., #11, Orange, CA 92865 or (714) 936-3863.

Dom Amore, thirty-nine, has covered sports for Connecticut newspapers since 1982. He has covered the NFL and Major League Baseball for the Hartford Courant since 1992, including seven Super Bowls and three World Series. He authored Return to the Final 4, a chronicle of the University of Connecticut women’s basketball teams 1995–1996 season. He is single and lives in Branford, Connecticut.

Phil Arvia is a sports columnist for the Daily Southtown in Chicago’s south suburbs. A lifelong White Sox fan, in three years as Sox beat writer and seven years as a columnist, he has been guilty only once of cheering in the press box. Blame Ozzie Guillen.

Bob Batz, aMichigan native, has been writing for newspapers for forty-three years, the last thirty-two at the Dayton (Ohio) Daily News. Batz’s writing awards include a Pulitzer Prize nomination for a series on Alzheimer’s disease, which he turned into a stage play called Long Goodbyes. You can reach him at [email protected].

Hal Bock has written sports in New York for forty years, covering thirteen Olympic games and more than twenty-five World Series and Super Bowls.

Joanne P. Brady is a former private schoolteacher. She is the wife of a great husband, Tom. Mrs. Brady’s most important job, thus far, is her role as the mother of Paul, Craig, Ross and Erin (the Brady Bunch without Alice). Missy, her daughter-in-law, and Paul recently presented her with beautiful Halle Rebecca, her first grandchild. She is presently working as an administrative assistant in an elementary school. She can be reached at [email protected].

James Breig is a native of Cleveland whose older siblings grew up in Pittsburgh. Naturally, he became a Yankees fan. An editor and writer, he lives in upstate New York and regularly contributes to such magazines as Colonial Williamsburg Journal. He now plays ball with his grandchildren.

Mike Bryan, a native Texan, is the author of two books with Keith Hernandez and one with Kirby Puckett. His other books include Baseball Lives, Chapter and Verse, Dogleg Madness, and most recently, Uneasy Rider. He lives in New York City.

Steve Carlson has had a varied career as a journalist, congressional staffer and radio personality. He currently runs a small book publishing company, Upper Access Books. His Web site is:

Dave Carpenter has been a full-time cartoonist since 1981. His cartoons have appeared in a number of publications, including Harvard Business Review, Barron’s, Reader’s Digest, Wall Street Journal, USA Weekend, Saturday Evening Post, Better Homes and Gardens, Good Housekeeping as well as a number of other publications. Dave can be reached at [email protected].

Rick Carson says, “When it comes to gremlin taming, he wrote the book.” His several publications include two Harper Collins books. His first book, Taming Your Gremlin, has been on the stands for eighteen years, and has spawned translations in Portuguese, Japanese and French. He is founder of the Gremlin Taming Institute (

Anne Carter is a retired teacher born and raised in New York City. Today she enjoys the “snowbird” life with her husband and precious feline. Anne loves time spent with grandchildren, traveling and writing. An avid animal lover, she plans to chronicle inspirational stories about her loved ones and pets. You can contact Anne at [email protected].

Dan Connolly covers the Baltimore Orioles for the York (PA) Daily Record. The 1991 Elizabethtown College graduate has worked for Pennsylvania-based newspapers in York, Williamsport, Kennett Square and Coatesville. He lives in York with his wife, Karen and son, Alex. Reach Dan at [email protected] or [email protected].

Carol Costa is an award-winning playwright and the published author of three novels, a short story collection, and many magazine and newspaper articles. Her plays have been produced in New York and in regional theaters across the country. She has also written two nonfiction books published by Pearson Education.

Clark Cothern has authored At the Heart of Every Great Father and Detours: Sometimes Rough Roads Lead to Right Places, both published by Multnomah. Clark pastors the Trinity Baptist Church in Adrian, Michigan. He is in demand as a public speaker. Reach him at [email protected]. See his Web site at

Audrey Curran author of two syndicated columns, “Curran Events,” a (sophisticated Erma Bombeck) and “Headlines” (popular psychological issues), contributes articles to major publications and appears on talk shows. A licensed psychologist in private practice, a college psychology department chair and a forensics psychologist, she is currently working on a book.

Gary D’A mato is an award-winning sportswriter for the Milwaukee (Wisconsin) Journal Sentinel. He has written two books—Mudbaths and Bloodbaths: The Inside Story of the Bears-Packers Rivalry and The Packer Tapes: My 32 Years with the Green Bay Packers—with Domenic Gentile. D’A mato’s work also has appeared in Chicken Soup for the Golfer’s Soul and Chicken Soup for the Sports Fan’s Soul. Contact him at [email protected].

Ken Daley covered the Dodgers for the Los Angeles Daily News from 1990–1995, and has been the national baseball writer for the Dallas Morning News since 1995. He has contributed to several publications, including USA Today, Baseball America, Sports Illustrated and Maxim. He lives in Dallas with wife Jennifer and daughter Eileen, whose softball team he coaches each summer.

Paul Della Valle is the publisher of The Lancaster Times, Inc., a small newspaper company in central Massachusetts. He has been named New England’s Press Association Columnist of the Year three times and has published two books, Welcome to Your Midlife Crisis and My Favorite Column of Yours Is the One Your Wife Wrote. He is a diehard Boston Red Sox fan.

Harry Del Grande grew up in San Francisco North Beach area, where his love for sports developed as he played and coached in the neighborhood organizations. As the father of four sons, he became known as “Mr. Coach.” Most of his leisure time was spent with the youth of the area.

Michael J. Feigum, a USAF veteran, has been writing sports on and off for the last twenty years. Mike, his wife, Barbara, and son, Michael, reside and work at Bethany Children’s Home, Womelsdorf, Pennsylvania. Mike is currently the sports/outdoor columnist for the West Berks Crier, in Robesonia, Pennsylvania.

Michael Finley is a poet, novelist and business writer living in St. Paul. He has coached youth baseball for almost ten years. For more of his writings, visit his Web site at Or write him at [email protected].

Jeffrey Flanagan has been a baseball writer/columnist for the Kansas City Star since 1989. He has also worked at the Decatur (Ill.) Herald & Review, Portsmouth (N.H.) Herald, and Arizona Republic. He is a native of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and a graduate of University of Minnesota. He bats and throws right-handed and lives in Westwood, Kansas.

Ken Gire wrote Bible study guides for Insight for Living for four years. He is a graduate of TCU and Dallas Theological Seminary. He has written eleven books and two un produced screenplays. Two of his books have won Gold Medallion Awards, one was voted “Book of the Year” by Campus Life, and two more have been honored as C. S. Lewis Honor Books. He and his wife, Judy, live in Monument, Colorado, with their four children: Gretchen, Kelly, Rachel, and Stephen.

Ellen Goodman has been with the Boston Globe, where she is an associate editor as well as a columnist, since 1967. In 1980, she won the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary. Her book on social change, Turning Points, was published in 1979. Five collections of her columns have also been published:

Close to Home, At Large, Keeping in Touch, Making Sense, and Value Judgments. Born in 1941, she lives with her husband in Brookline.

Bill Goldberg was raised in the Bronx, New York. In the shadows of Yankee Stadium and the once upon a time Polo Grounds, he worked his way through high school and college as a lifeguard in the neighborhoods of New York City. Graduate school took him out to Los Angeles, where he developed and still owns an art corporation. He is also the founder of International Athletic Representation, a firm representing the likes of Tommy Lasorda.

Joe Haakenson began covering Major League Baseball in 1989, serving as a newspaper beat writer following the Angels and Dodgers. He has covered World Series games, All-Star games and has interviewed baseball legends like Mark McGwire, Cal Ripken Jr. and Nolan Ryan. Born, raised and living in Southern California, he can be reached at [email protected].

Sharon Shearer Harsh is a graduate of Penn State University. She is the founder and president of Loss-Pro Services, Inc., a firm specializing in safety, loss prevention and traffic control for the utility industry. She resides in Acme, Pennsylvania, with her husband Jim and daughter Josie Marie.

Orel Hershiser has reached the pinnacle as a baseball player: MVP of two League Championship series and the MVP of the World Series; Sports Illustrated “Sportsman of the Year;” and the unanimous winner of the Cy Young Award. He also holds the record for the most consecutive innings pitched without yielding a single run—fifty-nine scoreless innings. But in spite of these achievements, Orel Hershiser may be best known for his strong character, his clear example of right living, and his esteem for traditional family values. This story was adapted from his new book, Between the Lines: Nine Principles to Live By, published in 2001 by Time Warner Books.

Bunny Hoest is one of the most widely read cartoonists today, reaching nearly 200 million diverse readers every week. She has produced “The Lock horns,” “Agatha Crumm,” “What a Guy!” and “Hunny Bunny’s Short Tale,” distributed internationally by King Features, as well as “Laugh Parade” featuring Howard Huge for Parade. Known as “The Cartoon Lady,” this dynamic and versatile talent has twenty-five bestselling anthologies and a host of exciting projects in the works.

Ted Janse received a journalism degree from the University of Pennsylvania and enjoys freelance writing. After a career selling printing, he is now enjoying retirement and watching the Red Sox spring training in Florida. He and his wife, Joan, enjoy gardening and spending time with their three daughters, Cheryl, Linda and Allison. His email address is: [email protected]

Pat Jordan played professional baseball in the Milwaukee Braves organization from 1959 to 1962. His experiences resulted in the memoirs A False Spring and A Nice Tuesday, both called classics in their field. He has also written nine other books, among them the novels The Cheat and AKA Sheila Doyle, and hundreds of magazine articles for publications including The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine.

Richard Justice received a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Texas in 1976. A native of Waxahachie, Texas, he is a sportswriter for the Houston Chronicle. He has also worked for the Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, Austin American-Stateman and can be reached at Richard. [email protected].

Bil Keane draws the internationally syndicated cartoon “The Family Circus,” which appears in more than fifteen hundred newspapers. Created in 1960, it is based on Keane’s own family: his wife, Thel, and their five children. Now nine grandchildren provide most of the inspiration.

Jeff Kidd is the sports editor for the Beaufort (S.C.) Gazette. He has written professionally for fourteen years, starting as a correspondent for South Carolina’s largest daily newspaper, the State. Kidd’s work has been recognized by the South Carolina Press Association eighteen times. He is also the author of a self-published baseball book, The Total Hitter.

Ralph Kiner, the Pittsburgh Pirate outfielder, led the National League in home-runs in each of his first seven years in the big leagues. Kiner’s name is synonymous with the Pirates all-time offensive records along with Willie Stargell. As Willie was the greatest offensive threat from the left side of the plate, Kiner was their greatest threat from the right of the plate. His ten-year career statistics speak for themselves: twice he hit over fifty home runs, drove in one hundred or more runs six times, ranked first in slugging percentage three times, and averaged over one hundred walks. In 1949 his 127 RBI was tops in the league. Kiner’s shortened career was complete in 1975 with his selection into the Hall of Fame.

Judge Keith J. Leenhouts is a pioneer in the court volunteer movement involving some seven million volunteers since 1959 research confirmed that repeat crime was reduced eleven and one-half times (not percent). One hundred probationers had twenty-three repeat convictions in a court using volunteers over five years. A court not using volunteers had 270. For free information write: 830 Normandy, Royal Oak, Michigan, 48073 or or

Doug Lesmerises lives in Wilmington, Delaware, with his wife, Katie. He grew up in Palmyra, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Northwestern University in 1995. He has covered baseball and the Philadelphia Phillies since 1998. He hopes to write a whole book someday and hopes you read it.

Lois J. Mannon holds a bachelor of science degree and works at University Hospital in New York. She is currently finishing a novel, a murder mystery that further explores the relationships between fathers and sons. Lois enjoys horseback riding, shooting sports and baseball games. Please reach her at [email protected]

John McNamara received his degree in journalism from the University of Maryland in 1983. He works as a sportswriter/editor for the Annapolis Capital newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, and recently coauthored a book about Cole Field House. Please contact him at [email protected].

Steve Minnick lives in Utah with his wife Leanna. Writing is a lifelong avocation for Steve whose work has appeared in Chicken Soup for the Golfer’s Soul among other articles, stories and screenplays. He says, “Second only to the writing itself, my greatest joy is the feeling of support and encouragement I receive from my wife, our children and some very good friends.”

Kenneth Montgomery lives in Columbus, Mississippi, where he has been the owner of a bail-bonding agency for over twenty-one years. Very active in his church, he still finds time to do volunteer work at the local high school and coach in the park league. His favorite activities are family time, camping, and tailgating at Alabama football games. Keith is married to a beautiful lady named Anna and they have two children together: Heather, a nail technician and Jason, a park ranger.

Steven Moore splits his time between sitting in a chair writing and sitting on a tractor farming sheep, pigs and chickens with his family. A version of this story also appears in his upcoming novel about a city forklift driver’s personal discovery through rural stories and myths. He can be reached through Chicken Soup for the Soul Enterprises, Inc.

David E. Morine is the author of Good Dirt: Confessions of Conservationist, The Class Choregus and most recently, Vactionland: A Half Century Summering in Maine. When Dave’s not writing, he spends his time helping local conservation organizations save land.

Kyle Moylan is a graduate of Trenton State College. He is married and works as a sports editor for the Princeton Packet Group. Kyle collects sports memorabilia and enjoys writing. He can be reached at Dom Ann [email protected].

Earl T. Musick’s humor has appeared in over one thousand newspapers, magazines and publications. Earl has worked with the Walt Disney Company, Christian Broadcasting Network and many others. Earl lives in Ohio with his beautiful wife, Debbie, and their two sons, Matthew and Mark. Please contact Earl at

Jack Myers pitched in amateur baseball for nearly a decade. He writes technical manuals and lives in Wayne, Pennsylvania, with wife, Joan, and their three cats. Jack also writes juvenile fiction. His basketball thriller, Dr. Dunkenstein, is represented by Dystel Literary Agency. Jack can be reached at [email protected].

Michael O’Connor was eight years old when he attended his first Major league baseball game, but he had already developed a respect for the sport that bordered on the sacred. He and his wife now head a national touring music ministry called Improbable People. They live in Southern California with their two daughters.

Mary Owen is an award-winning journalist who freelances, teaches seminars and hosts speaking engagements nationally and internationally. She is the editor of the Stayton (Oregon) Mail. Once a full-time missionary, she travels on assignment and teaches journalism for youth with a mission. Contact her at [email protected]. Or write to: P.O. Box 165, Turner, OR 97392.

Daniel Paisner has collaborated on several New York Times bestsellers. He is also the author of the novel Orbit and several works of nonfiction. He has written for the New York Times Magazine and Entertainment Weekly. A lifelong baseball fan, he lives with his wife and three children—and his own prized collectible, a baseball signed by Brooklyn Dodger great Gil Hodges.

Scott Pitoniak is a nationally honored sports columnist and writes often about the human side of sports. Scott was born in Rome, New York, and graduated with honors from Syracuse University in 1977. He cherishes his time with his wife, Susan, and their children, Amy and Christopher. Please contact him at [email protected].

Linda Poynter is a wife, mother and dental hygienist in New Richmond, Ohio. She spends her spare time with her horse, dogs and cats, and enjoys boating with her husband. Linda is an avid fan of baseball, especially the Cincinnati Reds.

Darrel Radford has been a professional journalist in Henry County, Indiana, for more than twenty-five years. He has authored one book, New Castle: A Pictorial History, which was first published in 1992 and is now almost sold out of its second printing. You may reach him at [email protected].

Dan Raley has been a sportswriter at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer for twenty-two years. He realized a childhood dream by working for his hometown paper. His two daughters are avid readers of Chicken Soup books. Please him reach at [email protected].

Ron Reid, who has been a sports staff writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer the past twenty years, wrote for Sports Illustrated from 1972 to 1980. He is a University of Michigan graduate and a three-time winner of the Jesse Abramson Award presented by the Track and Field Writers of America. Reid, sixty-six, the father of four, has two grandsons.

Rick Reilly is a six-time National Sportswriter of the Year and the popular back-page columnist for Sports Illustrated, the first signed, weekly opinion column in the magazine’s history. His collection of columns, The Life of Reilly (Total Sports) is a national bestseller. He lives in Denver with his wife, three kids, and a golf game that keeps him from concentrating on anything very important.

Robert Remler received his bachelor of arts from Boston University in 1977 and a degree from the Culinary Institute of America in 1984. Robert is the health editor for a weekly newspaper on Long Island. He plans to write a novel about a jazz musician. Please reach him at [email protected].

Cal Ripken Jr. was born in Havre de Grace, Maryland. He now lives outside of Baltimore with his wife and two children, and plays baseball—every day—for the Baltimore Orioles.

Lawrence S. Ritter’s The Glory of Their Times remains the seminal oral history of the game. He was a professor of finance at New York University for over thirty years. Mr. Ritter is the author of numerous books on baseball and sports including The Babe: The Game That Ruth Built, A Life in Pictures, The Story of Baseball and Lost Ballparks. He is also coauthor of a novel.

Ken Rosenthal became a senior baseball writer at the Sporting News in August 2000. Prior to that, he worked thirteen years at the (Baltimore) Sun, the first four as an Orioles beat writer and the next nine as a general sports columnist. He is as 1984 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.

Philip Ross, a Manhattan psychotherapist in private practice, has been writing for a general audience for nearly forty years. No matter what he’s writing, a certain baseball autographed in 1983 is prominently displayed in his office. Phil lives with Barbara Coffino, mother of writer/public defender Michael Coffino, and can be reached at: [email protected]

Mike Royko was born in Chicago in 1932 and for much of his youth lived in the flat above his family’s tavern on Milwaukee Avenue. Not only did he become the most widely read columnist in Chicago history, but his column was syndicated in more than six hundred newspapers across the country. He was also the author of the classic account of city machine politics, Boss. Mike Royko’s last column in the Chicago Tribune appeared in March 1997, a month before his death. His memorial service was held on a sunny day in Wrigley Field.

Alan Schwarz is the senior writer of Baseball America Magazine and a regular contributor to ESPN Magazine, the New York Times and many other publications. He lives in New York.

Peggy Spence received her bachelor of science with honors from Delta State University (Mississippi) and master of education from the University of Arizona. She is an educational consultant and children’s book writer. She and her husband reside in Arizona’s eastern mountains where they enjoy camping, fishing and the great outdoors.

Howie Stalwick is sports editor of the Coeur d’Alene (Idaho) Press Daily newspaper. A native of Spokane, Washington, he graduated from Eastern Washington University in 1977. Howie and Jennifer are the extremely proud parents of teenagers, Cheyanne (a college softball player) and Shanna (a college volleyball and track and field prospective).

Jayson Stark is currently a baseball columnist for and analyst on “Baseball Tonight” on ESPN TV. He formerly spent twenty years as a baseball writer and baseball columnist at the Philadelphia Inquirer. His work has appeared in ESPN Magazine, Baseball America, “Sport” Magazine and many other publications. His work has also appeared in two anthology books, The Phillies Reader and Worst to First. He lives in the Philadelphia area with wife, Lisa, and their three children, Steven, Jessica and Hali.

Mark Stodghill is legal affairs reporter for the Duluth News Tribune. He is an Air Force veteran who served a year in Vietnam and a year in Korea. He was a starter on the baseball and basketball teams at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. His claim to fame in college is pitching two complete games of a baseball header—and losing both. An avid marathoner and ultramarathoner, Mark has run 125 races of between 26.2 and 100 miles. The cracks he hears these days come from his sore knees, not from the bats of baseball sluggers. Please reach him at Duluth News Tribune, 424 West First Street, Duluth, MN 55802; e-mail [email protected].

Andy Strasberg, is a native New Yorker, completed college and graduated cum laude from Long Island University. He realized a lifelong dream of working in Major League Baseball when he began a career with the San Diego Padres in 1975 that lasted twenty-two years. Since 1997, Andy has opened ACME (All-Star Corporate Marketing Enterprises) Marketing and has, with his staff, provided valuable service to a diverse group of clients. Andy frequently is a guest lecturer of sports marketing symposiums and is a recognized innovator in creative marketing.

William G. Tapply has lived his entire life in eastern Massachusetts and has suffered with the Red Sox the entire time. He retired from competitive softball last year only because he didn’t want to be the only sixty-year-old infielder in the league. When he’s not at Fen way Park, he writes mystery novels and fly-fishing stories and teaches college writing courses. He invites visitors to his Web site at

Denise Turner is an editor at the Times-News in Twin Falls, Idaho. A graduate of Southern Illinois University, she wrote two books for Words books. Husband Revis is a college counselor. Daughter Becky just graduated magna cum laude from Boise State University. Son Steve is a high school baseball pitcher. Contact Denise at 1880 Falls Ave. E., Twin Falls, Idaho, 83301. Phone: (208) 734-7029. E-mail her at [email protected].

Don Wade is a columnist and feature writer for the Memphis Commercial Appeal. His work has been published on and inmany newspapers across the country. Don and his wife Deb have three sons: Stephen, Matthew and Jonathon. You can reach Don at [email protected].

Dale Wannen received his bachelor of arts in economics from Rowan University in 1998. Currently he is a financial advisor for a major bank in southern New Jersey. In his spare time Dale involves himself in playing guitar, golfing and traveling. He plans on writing fiction novels. Contact him at 856-616-6805.

Ernie Witham writes a humor column called “Ernie’s World” for the Montecito

Journal in Montecito, California. His humor has also been published in the Los Angeles Times, Santa Barbara News-Press, various magazines and a number of anthologies including five Chicken Soup books. He is available to lead humor workshops for any age group and can be reached at [email protected].

Woody Woodburn is a sports columnist for the Daily Breeze in Torrance (Calif.) and author of The Pirate Collection featuring his columns. He has won numerous writing awards from the Associated Press as well as a number (the number being zero) of Pulitzer Prizes. E-mail: [email protected].

Stephen Yudelson graduated from Brooklyn College in 1976. He is currently a businessman in Norwalk, Connecticut. An avid softball player and coach, he remains a loyal Mets fan. He lives in Newtown, Connecticut, with his wife Holly and family, where he spends much time contemplating life from the front porch. E-mail him at [email protected].

Jeff Zillgitt was born April 4, 1970, and writes about sports for Zillgitt, who went to Michigan State University, enjoys fly-fishing, camping, hiking, reading, writing and music, especially jam bands, bluegrass, jazz, rock and roll and the blues. You can read his columns at

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