The story centers on Sam Holmes, a young man who finds himself on a somewhat unusual journey after his father’s death. The experience helps Sam to learn more about his father as well as himself and his plans for his own life.
Opening Day is a month, a week, and a day away. That’s my Opening Day. The day my baseball season begins.
In 2019, after not pitching in any competitive baseball game for over 34 years, I made a comeback as the old guy, a 50+-year-old pitcher, in a highly competitive wood bat 35-year-old + baseball league. I pitched again last year.
The upcoming 2021 season will be my third.
After proving to myself that I can hold my own on the mound, and even pitch complete nine inning games, I am no longer content with just being able to do that.
Back in simpler times, when people could come in and out of a school, and teachers who are parents and grandparents often brought their children or grandchildren into the building, many would stop by my office to say hello. I would often give those children a lollypop or a pretzel rod. Sometimes two. Or three. Sometimes a whole handful (of lollypops, at least).
In regard to the pretzel rods, there were two little children who visited me who thought these were the most delicious snacks they ever had. They loved those pretzel rods.
The following is the latest press release from my publisher, Artemesia Publishing:
“(The Least Among Them) is the ultimate insider book.” – Marty Appel
“This charming and meticulously researched book will remind you of baseball’s power to change and enrich lives far beyond the diamond.” – Jonathan Eig
The Least Among Them is a most special baseball book that looks at the New York Yankees history in an original, unique, and never before written manner. Throughout their history, the New York Yankees have been defined by the legends and the successes of their most famous players. But, as part of their long history, the Yankees have also fielded players that have become lost to history. This book is those players’ story, telling the unique histories of the men whose entire major league baseball career lasted but a single game with that game being played as a New York Yankee. While these players may be forgotten, their stories are compelling. Filled with a unique Yankee history, single game stats, and a love of baseball, The Least Among Them tells the story of baseball’s most successful franchise in an entirely new way.
The following are some of the early reviews of this very special book:
I learned something about myself the last few weeks. Something good. Or, I think it’s good. And I think it is something that we can all learn from and should always remember.
This is a story about me, but it’s really about everyone. As always, I hope the deeper message is one that resonates with all because I think there is a deeper message here. The message is one I am going to try to remember the next time I think all is lost (proverbially, or in reality).
The message is one of narratives – things we believe. Things we think we know. Stories we tell ourselves. Deep truths about ourselves that we assume are true.
We spend a lot of time convincing ourselves (knowingly or unknowingly) about all sorts of things.
And sometimes we’re not telling ourselves the truth.
Exactly one year ago today, I walked into the surgery center to meet Dr. Braver for him to perform surgery on my right Achilles tendon. As I walked in, I said to the receptionist at the counter, “I am here to begin my training for the 2020 New York City Marathon.” She smiled and said, “You must be Mr. Semendinger.”