In March of 1948, Jackie Robinson and the Brooklyn Dodgers came to Mobile, Alabama for an exhibition game. While the city’s black population was thrilled to see the man who broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier, Robinson’s brief appearance did more for one man than fuel his excitement for the game.
Thirty-year-old Jesse Norwood had no baseball experience, but, through the game, he saw a way to help the scrawny youngsters that would congregate near his stoop gain a sense of pride and dignity in the segregated South of the 1950’s.
A Condition of Freedom is the emotionally charged story of Norwood’s legend and legacy. With a novelist’s gift for storytelling, Formichella breathes life into a South long gone to tell a hero’s story that begins in a sandlot and ends in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Joe Formichella is the prize-winning author of nonfiction works Murder Creek, and the novels Waffle House Rules and The Wreck of the Twilight Limited. Joe is also the editor of the anthology Shoe Burnin': Stories of Southern Soul. He currently lives on the Waterhole Branch near Fairhope, Ala.
It’s the ultimate in fantasy baseball: You get to pick the roster, set the lineup, and decide on strategies -- with real players, in a real ballpark, in a real playoff race. That’s what baseball analysts Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller got to do when an independent minor-league team in California, the Sonoma Stompers, offered them the chance to run its baseball operations according to the most advanced statistics. Their story in The Only Rule is it Has to Work is unlike any other baseball tale you've ever read.
We tag along as Lindbergh and Miller apply their number-crunching insights to all aspects of assembling and running a team, following one cardinal rule for judging each innovation they try: it has to work. We meet colorful figures like general manager Theo Fightmaster and boundary-breakers like the first openly gay player in professional baseball. Even José Canseco makes a cameo appearance.
Will their knowledge of numbers help Lindbergh and Miller bring the Stompers a championship, or will they fall on their faces? Will the team have a competitive advantage or is the sport’s folk wisdom true after all? Will the players attract the attention of big-league scouts, or are they on a fast track to oblivion?
It’s a wild ride, by turns provocative and absurd, as Lindbergh and Miller tell a story that will speak to numbers geeks and traditionalists alike. And they prove that you don’t need a bat or a glove to make a genuine contribution to the game.
- Significant Rule Changes for 2018
- General Information (Chartering, Divisions of Play, FAQs etc…)
- Official Regulations
- Field Diagrams
- Official Playing Rules
- Tournament Rules and Guidelines
- Operating Policies
The book covers the Little League Tee Ball, Minor League, Major League, Intermediate (50/70) Division, Junior League and Senior League Divisions.