The simple question led award-winning sportswriter Mark Newman on an eight-year journey that would bring about surprising stories and empowering life lessons from the minds of the most fabled Major League hitters in our time. That work is compiled here in Diamonds from the Dugout.
Charming tales of heroic moments are delivered in a very different and captivating way, as unique as the men who made them happen right before our eyes. It all started with the beloved Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson, whose eager response was a much-needed lesson in humility as well as inducement to ask the question again. From one legend to the next, the answers were unexpected, introspective, telling, and inspiring.
Baseball fans will relive glory days, from the 3,000th hits by Roberto Clemente, Wade Boggs, and Craig Biggio, to Ken Griffey Jr.’s father-son highlight, to Pete Rose’s own stream of consciousness in search of one hit that meant the most. In the process, they also will learn more about matters like preparation, anticipation, consideration, atonement, confidence, and self-worth.
“Think of Diamonds from the Dugout as a colorful baseball quilt. Mark Newman has sewn together not fabric, but stories from Hall of Famers, All-Stars, journeymen, and those who simply love the game. Each story is delightful and many are surprising.” —Tom Verducci, Journalist; Broadcaster; Best-Selling Author
Diamonds from the Dugout is a collection baseball memories and also a tome of motivation on achieving success in life, organized through stories shared by such greats as Derek Jeter, Stan Musial, Cal Ripken Jr., Carl Yastrzemski, Mike Piazza, Andre Dawson, Chipper Jones, and many more of our all-time favorites.
Mark Newman is a recipient of the National Magazine Award for General Excellence and has been a baseball writer since 1990, including nearly the last two decades with Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLB.com). The Indiana University graduate is a longtime Hall of Fame voting member of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America working 25 World Series. Before MLBAM, he co-founded and oversaw content at digital ventures including Sporting News Online, NASCAR.com, MAX Broadcasting Network. Before that, he was an award-winning pro sports beat writer for The Miami Herald, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and San Jose Mercury News.
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