Thad Mumau, who was nice enough to cross-publish his recruiting articles here a few years ago, has a new book out about his love of baseball. Nothing's better than when someone writes about what they love. Here's the man himself with his own comments on his book as well as the press release. Check it out! Support our local writers!
I have been a huge fan of ACC basketball for as long as I can remember, and in 42 years of writing about sports, there was nothing I enjoyed more than covering big conference rivalries on the hardwood and especially the ACC Tournament.
Baseball is different. It is personal. For that reason, I am not just a fan, but a baseball lover. I was eight years old when my dad gave me a fat-fingered Johnny Sain model glove, and my life was forever changed. The Game intrigued me, and it still does -- the nuances, the history, the tradition. Even the pace, which is too slow for some, is sweet to me.
I played as long as I could. There was cow pasture ball; the proud day I was added to my high school team when the coach found an old raggedy uniform in the bottom of a trunk; spending sweltering summer weekend afternoons with a semi-pro team; and making a "comeback" at thirty-plus years of age.
Because baseball is so special to me, I have compiled personal stories about the game in a book titled "When the Grass Turns Green". The book is not about accomplishments; it is about experiences with which baseball lovers of all ages can identify.
I include one-on-one conversations with Hank Aaron, Roberto Clemente, Tom Seaver and Dale Murphy. And there are perceptions of baseball in the 1960s, one of the game's greatest eras.
Nostalgia is as much a part of baseball as a scorecard, and my book is packed with nostalgia. There are heartwarming memories -- of parents who knew the importance of sports, of my first visit to a major league ballpark, and of growing up in the rural South where a stick and berries from a shrub combined with a country boy's imagination to manufacture a big league game.
This book was a lot of fun to write. Its chapters were a lot of fun to live.
When the Grass Turns Green, Cherished Baseball Memories of a North Carolina Sports Writer by Thad Mumau, can be ordered from John F. Blair, Publisher at www.blairpub.com (Ph: 1-800-222-1374); amazon.com; and Parkway Publishers (Ph: 828-265-3993) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. ISBN 978-1-59712-407-2, softcover, $19.95; 183 pages.
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