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Shopping in a Pinch for a Unique Baseball Gift

Now you have heard a lot from me over the months and years with baseball tips, articles, tidbits of information, instruction, and an occasional sales pitch for an item or two.

My wonderful wife, Laura, has been a big inspiration to me behind the scenes…not to mention helping me with my writing style, etc.

She has been working diligently on a project to connect with all you sportsmoms and parents out there. More on that later.

This is the first of, I hope, many tips and insights from her. Look for more information, instruction, and inspiration for parents (I guess you young BioForce athletes can look too) in coming weeks on the website.

For now, Laura wants to share a little holiday shopping idea for you baseball fanatics…


For all you BioForce Faithful Holiday shoppers…

I wonder if I’ll find myself standing in a long line at the bookstore again this Christmas Eve. I’ve found myself there so many times over the years that it has almost become a tradition for me. Christmas just wouldn’t be the same if I didn’t spend time searching for a newly published book for the baseball fans in my family. And I’ve found that, after a few years, they all start to look the same.

What to get the baseball and sports fan….hhmmm. A magazine…done that. The latest biography on a famous player or a book filled with major league baseball stadium photographs…yep, bought those too. How about some trading cards to stuff the stocking? Tried that.

If you are like me and would like to find something that connects more closely with the baseball experience, I’ve got an incredible book recommendation for you. And you won’t even have to stand in line. I know, I know, you are thinking that my kids, or my husband, don’t read much. But I’ve got something that they will have a hard time putting down.

My husband and I recently ran across a book written by Christy Mathewson and originally published in 1912. I have to admit that until this year, I didn’t know anything about him. As it turns out, he was quite a pitcher and an accomplished writer as well.

Pitching in a Pinch or “Baseball from the Inside” is an easy read filled with stories about playing baseball in the Big Leagues just after the turn of the twentieth century. The cool thing is that, as different as things were back then, much of the game of baseball has remained the same. Getting to see the game from the inside is entertaining, and the insight into the mind of a baseball player is an interesting perspective for me, a mom and longtime spectator of the game.

Mathewson teaches us about honest and dishonest sign stealing, the rigors of spring training, jinxes and what they mean to a ball-player, coaching–good and bad, umpires and close decisions, and big league pitchers and their peculiarities. Readers will recognize famous Hall of Fame baseball names like Honus Wagner, Connie Mack, and Ty Cobb. Christy gives us an insight on how he got Ty Cobb and Honus Wagner out. And they will learn where expressions like “stepping in the bucket” came from, why pitchers started to use rosin, why the infield players started to throw the ball around, and where “the most important ninety feet in baseball” are.

There’s something in this book for every baseball fan. If you would like to avoid the bookstore lines this holiday season, just click on this link to order your copy:

This fun book is a 304-page, spiral-bound, paperback reprint of the original publication. You are probably thinking that 304 pages is a lot to read and you don’t have time for that. It is an incredibly quick read. You’ll be amazed! We have 12 copies in stock that can be shipped in time for Christmas (in the U.S.). After those are gone we’ll have to wait for more from the printer. If you order soon enough, you might even have enough time to read it for yourself before you wrap it.

Enjoy your holidays!

Laura Mooney
Your BioForce Baseball SportsMom

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