Lessons in Life I Learned From My Baseball Cards

Lessons in Life I Learned From My Baseball Cards

Language: English

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Remember when the most exciting moment of your childhood was opening a fresh pack of baseball cards? How you gazed lovingly at the pictures of your heroes, pored over their statistics, thrilled to their exploits and identified with their lives? We all know someone whose baseball card collection was the most significant touchstone of his childhood. Baseball card collector Patrick Caraher has turned his lifelong passion into a spiritual odyssey in Lessons in Life I Learned from Baseball Cards. Selecting some prize items from his collection, Caraher has reflected on their larger resonance and produced this little gem of a book, the sports equivalent of Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. With deft cameos of stars whose admirable lives and careers characterized such virtues as fortitude, humility, determination, honesty, and decency, Caraher has breathed life into the statistics behind baseball's role models and produced a collection of miniature portraits that illuminates the national pastime as few other books have. 

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slam homeruns and most runs batted in. One record which appeared unbreakable was career hits—4,191 by Ty Cobb. Along with my search for the next Hank Aaron, I looked to find the next Ty Cobb. To top 4,000 hits a player must average over 200 hits for 20 years. Studying my cards in search of potential candidates, I was surprised when discovering the career of Vada Pinson. Throughout his first 14 years in the Majors, Vada Pinson accumulated 2,320 career hits. Seeing that he was 33 years old and

career. Hank Aaron did not hit many homeruns at the beginning of his career. In fact, he hit only 13 homeruns in his rookie season. So, I figured that any player who hit close to 13 homeruns during his rookie year had a chance to repeat Aaron's career. Granted, there is a fine line between prediction and wishful thinking, but when Brian Downing of my beloved White Sox hit 10 homeruns during his 1974 rookie season I predicted that he could match Hank Aaron's career. Of course Brian Downing never

International League pitchers. He did adjust and by August he had 23 home runs and lead the league in RBIs. Finally, on August 25, 1967, Johnny Bench received the call to the Majors. The Reds wanted to test out their catcher of the future. Once again, Johnny's bat got off to a slow start. During his brief ‘67 season he got only 14 hits in 86 at bats for a .163 average. His outstanding defensive ability earned him the position as the starting catcher for the 1968 season but the Reds hoped that

than bringing new ideas into the world it felt like a constant competition with others to grab from a limited supply. The potential supply of wealth in this world is unlimited and one of my strongest desires in life is to use my intelligence and creativity to fill this world with more wealth. I longed for an outlet which would let me use my creative skills to their fullest capacity. My love for baseball cards was never lost and during this period and I found hope from my 1990 Dennis Eckersley

quick” schemes and every day people continue to be burned by them. The loss of money and time from these schemes is significant but I fear that the greater loss is the feeling of hopelessness and cynicism that may take over the lives of people that have been burned. My 1964 Topps Super Baseball cards serve as a reminder to me that worthwhile things do not come cheaply. When I now begin to think that I can accomplish something without doing the work, I recall how I deceived myself in the past. I

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