NY Yankee – Honey Barnes (1926)

NOTE – The following passage comes from a draft of my book The Least Among Them which presents an original and unique history of the New York Yankees.  The Least Among Them is currently in the research and editing stages.  It is hoped that the final research for this text will be completed in 2017.  I have  targeted a 2018 publication date.

HONEY BARNES

            John Francis “Honey” Barnes began his professional baseball career after graduating from Colgate University in 1925.  During his last two season at Colgate, Barnes displayed outstanding batting skills hitting .385 as a junior in 1924 and .350 as a senior in 1925.  Barnes was usually the #4 batter in the Colgate lineup as well as serving as the team’s captain.   After college, Barnes was signed by baseball scout Paul Krichell who certainly left his mark on Yankees history. 

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NFL Playoffs – Being Great

This is NFL Playoff Weekend.  There are two big games coming up on Sunday.  The winners of each of the games will go to the Super Bowl in two weeks.  I am a casual football fan, but I am excited about the playoff games this weekend.  They promise to be exciting… 

(If you click on the highlighted words before each section, you’ll have even more fun with this blog post.)

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NY Yankee – Harry Hanson (1913)

NOTE – The following passage comes from a draft of my book The Least Among Them which presents an original and unique history of the New York Yankees.  The Least Among Them is currently in the editing stage.  It is hoped that the final research for this text will be completed in 2017 with a targeted 2018 publication date.

CHAPTER THIRTEEN – HARRY HANSON (1913)

            It has been seen that the 1912 Highlanders were not a very impressive squad.   In 1913, the results on the field for this franchise did not change dramatically.  As a baseball team, they were still not very good.  In 1912, the Highlanders won 50 games and finished in last place in the eight team American League.  The 1913 squad fared only slightly better, earning 57 wins and a seventh place finish in the eight team league.  One member of the 1913 team was a man who set a Major League record that still stands today – a catcher by the name of Harry Hanson.

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Birthdays

January 21 will be here soon.  It’s a big day for some people.  Many famous people were born on January 21. 

These include:

Charles V, King of France, born on January 21, in 1338

Ethan Allen, a famous American general, in 1738

John C. Fremont, “The Pathfinder,” in 1813

Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson, the Confederate General, in 1824

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Scattering The Ashes

My first published novel, Scattering the Ashes, will be released by Ravenswood Publishing on August 20, 2017 

This is a story that will engage and inspire readers to overcome challenges and to learn to appreciate the people and simpler things in their lives.  Written in an enjoyable prose, this story has a strong character-driven plot with surprising humor.  

Scattering the Ashes tells the story of Sam Holmes, a school teacher, not yet thirty years old, who is living an uneventful, yet not unpleasant, life.  Although he doesn’t admit it to himself, Sam is lonely.  While Sam is a dedicated and hard-working teacher, he is energized by the fact that the school year has ended and an endless summer sits before him.  Sam plans to use much of this free time to train for his first marathon in New York City.

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Other Picture Books

In addition to my (soon to be) published works, I have a host of picture books that are in the “Pre-Published” phase.  

These books are not yet represented by a literary agent or publisher.

Artist John Fredericks is currently working on the Principal Sam series of books and, as such, is not available for these projects.  (He did the art work that is featured above.)

The wonderful editor Britta Eastburg Friesen works with me to bring the highest quality writing and story development to each of these works.  

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