Special Preview: From Compton to the Bronx

I am thrilled to share this excerpt from my collaboration with Roy White on his autobiography,

From Compton to the Bronx.

This book will be released in April 2023, but is now available for pre-order.

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Initial reviews for this book have been tremendously positive. Here is one:

“Roy White is as dignified a Yankee as there has ever been, one of the many reasons a generation of fans (myself included) grew up imitating his stance.

Paul Semendinger does a masterful job capturing the essence of the great left fielder. This is a must-read about the most underrated Yankee of all time.”

Ian O’Connor, Four-time New York Times bestselling author of “The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeter”

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The New Books Network Podcast Featuring “The Least Among Them”

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I was recently interviewed on the New Books Network Podcast to discuss The Least Among Them.

You can listen to this interview below.

From the site:

The Least Among Them: 29 Players, Their Brief Moments in the Big Leagues, and a Unique History of the New York Yankees (Artemesia, 2021) 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.

https://newbooksnetwork.com/the-least-among-them

Featured on the GSMC Book Review Podcast

It was a pleasure, once again, to appear on the GSMC Podcast to discuss my newest book, a great book about Yankees history, The Least Among Them.

You can listen HERE:

GSMC Book Review Podcast Episode 328: Interview with Paul Russell Semendinger

Sarah speaks with Paul Russell Semendinger about his new book The Least Among Them: “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.”

My Field of Dreams (Cooperstown, NY)

(I also published this story on my Yankees site: Start Spreading the News as part of the series “One Last Shot” as I document my return to playing baseball after 34 years away from the game as a player.)

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How often have I dreamed of playing baseball professionally?

I don’t know… it probably hasn’t been every day of my life, but it’s been most days and probably multiple times on most days.

Oh, who am I kidding. It’s ALL I think about!

As of the writing of this post, I have been alive about 19,400 days.

That’s a lot of dreaming.

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Before August 11, 2021, I had never played baseball on a field other than a recreation or high school field.

I never played in a real ballpark or in a stadium.

But, on August 11, the dream, came true, at least a little.

On August 11, I arrived in Cooperstown, New York.

On August 11, I pitched, in a tournament game, on Doubleday Field, in Cooperstown, New York.

As the Yankees prepared to play on the Field of Dreams in Iowa, I played on a field of dreams of my own in baseball’s most special village.

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“The Least Among Them” Earns New Praise!

My new book on the history of the Yankees, The Least Among Them, is getting some great early reviews.

This book is available for pre-order now and will be released in early October 2021.

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The Manhattan Book Review gave the book a glowing writeup which read in part:

The Least Among Them by Paul Russell Semendinger tells the story – covering twenty-nine players in their unique Yankees history when they were given one chance to shine..

Semendinger does a truly fantastic job of setting the scene.

The book is also filled with pictures of baseball cards, historic photos, score sheets, and more…

The Least Among Them is a special book that shines a light on a number of Yankees who have probably not been talked about since their brief moments of fame..

It is a true gem of a piece of baseball history.

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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

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Closing and Opening Doors To God

On July 11, 2021, I was asked to deliver the sermon at Grace United Methodist Church in Wyckoff, New Jersey.

The following is the transcript of my sermon.

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God asks a lot of us.  All the time.  He wants us to be reverent.

He wants us to love him.

He loves us…

He asks us to pray.  He even had Jesus teach us how to pray.

God wants us to follow the Golden Rule.

He wants us to be kind, to be generous, to love… to love one another as he loves us. 

He asks us to honor our mothers and fathers, to not lust, or want, or use his name in vain.

Or take false idols.

Or to kill.

He asks a lot of us.

Because he loves us.

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