STL Sports Page interviews Jake Gronsky on “A Short Season”

 Sally Tippett Rains, of STL Sports Page, recently interviewed Jake Gronsky, a former St. Louis Cardinals baseball player, about the book A Short Season. This book, published through Sunbury Press, tells the inspirational story of Josiah Viera, a boy diagnosed with Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria.

This interview allows Gronsky to narrate his baseball career and how he met Josiah Viera to then write the beloved book. This book describes Josiah's challenges as well as his hopes as a young child diagnosed with a terminal illness, but with a love for his family and baseball.

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At age 2, Josiah Viera was diagnosed with Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria, a terminal childhood illness. His family was given the impossible task to fill a lifetime of memories into a few short years, but then, Josiah fell in love with the game of baseball, the State College Spike of the St. Louis Cardinals adopted him, and together started on a journey - and a season - that would change all of their lives forever.

Book overview:

No parent is ever ready for a terminal diagnosis of their child. No mother should see the day where turning off your son's ventilator is the only option to end his pain. And no grandfather should see the day when your grandchild is scheduled to die in his mother's arms. But on September 10, 2005, this was the harsh reality facing our family, and this was the day we’d never forget.

I am no pastor; nor a preacher. I am no miracle worker, nor a missionary. I am a struggling husband, a decent father, a survivor of brutal child abuse, and from the miraculous survival and extraordinary life of a Progeria child, I am a believer saved by the Grace of God through Jesus Christ.

In A Short Season: Faith, Family, and a Boy's Love for Baseball, Dave Bohner, the story’s narrator and grandfather to Josiah, and Jake Gronsky, former professional baseball player with the St. Louis Cardinals organization, tell the powerful story of Josiah Viera’s fight for life that not only sparked a family's journey towards healing but inspired a generation of baseball players from one of the most historic organizations in Major League Baseball.

A Short Season is a story of hope; a story of acceptance; and a story of faith based on the idea that sometimes a person’s only journey to peace is first trekked through pain. A Short Season is a family’s journey through sorrow and joy, it is a baseball team’s inspiration, and it is the story of one exceptional child’s ray of hope that changed all of their lives forever.

Book review:

"Josiah is an inspiration!

I had the great pleasure of spending a few hours with Josiah Viera and his lovely mother, Jennifer, a few years ago. Josiah is a powerhouse in a frail, little body. He has more energy and exudes more positive vibes than almost anyone else I've ever been around. Makes one wonder what could possibly be so wrong in life if this young man - who could be wallowing in self-pity but has chosen not to play victim - can show us all just how wonderful and precious life can be. I've been looking forward to reading this book for months and was not disappointed. Recommend to all and especially to those who need a dose of inspiration."

~      Linda H, five-star review on Amazon

About the people:

DAVE BOHNER is a husband, father, grandfather, and retired welder who has served in the PA Air National Guard, United States Air Force. He is currently president of the Hegins Area Ambulance Association and has been a medical technician for the past twenty-seven years. He loves the game of baseball, meeting new people, and above all, Jesus.

 

JOSIAH VIERA is fourteen years old and just finished first year of junior high school. He loves God, baseball, dancing, and hanging out with friends. Josiah is an honorary bench coach for the State College Spikes, the newly ‘hired’ bench coach for the TriValley Junior High baseball team, and an honorary member of the St. Louis Cardinals. Every day, Josiah’s goal is to enjoy life and to simply have fun!

 

JAKE GRONSKY is a former professional baseball player in the St. Louis Cardinals organization. Jake now works with former and current professional athletes, writing stories of faith, courage, and perseverance. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and can be found on Twitter @Jake_Gronsky or contacted by email at Gronsky.Jake@gmail.com.

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by G. David Bohner & Jake Gronsky

SUNBURY PRESS

Trade Paperback - 6 x 9 x 1

9781620060223

240 Pages with b&w photos

SPORTS & RECREATION / Baseball

FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Children with Special Needs

MEDICAL / Diseases / Genetic

 

 

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The life of “Gettysburg Eddie” Plank, Hall-of-Fame baseball pitcher recounted

The life of “Gettysburg Eddie” Plank, Hall-of-Fame baseball pitcher recounted

Adams County native was one of the stars of Connie Mack’s Philadelphia Athletics

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – April 10, 2018 — Born in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, only a dozen years after the bloody Civil War battle, Eddie Plank grew up on a farm and was a late-bloomer. By his early twenties, he was a local star on the town ball team and enrolled in the Gettysburg Academy in order to pitch for the Gettysburg College team. Soon after, Connie Mack from the Philadelphia Athletics in the newly-formed American League came calling and the rest is history.

Eddie Plank was the mainstay of Connie Mack’s early success from 1901 through 1914. Plank’s unorthodox delivery and pinpoint control brought him consistent results. While others out-pitched him during individual seasons, “Steady-Eddie”provided Mack excellence year after year while others came and went.

Gettysburg Eddie chronicles the life of this clean-living baseball superstar who worked hard, saved his money, and was always the perfect gentleman. Upon hearing of Eddie’s premature death in 1926, Mack remarked, “I feel like a father must feel who has lost a son.”

“P is for Plank
The arm of the A’s;
When he tangled with Matty
Games lasted for days.”

– “Lineup for Yesterday” by Ogden Nash

About the author:
Lawrence Knorr has authored or co-authored over 20 books, mostly on history or biography. He is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), the Sons of the American Revolution, and numerous other historical organizations. He enjoys most writing about the formerly famous and his beloved Pennsylvania Dutch culture. He is a lifetime Penn State alum.

By Lawrence Knorr
SUNBURY PRESS
Trade Paperback – 6 x 9 x 1
9781620061701
424 Pages indexed
SPORTS & RECREATION / Baseball / History
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Sports
HISTORY / US History / Mid-Atlantic

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Bill Seinsoth was first round pick of the Los Angeles Dodgers out of USC

LOS ANGELES — Sunbury Press has released Seinsoth: The Rough-and-Tumble Life of a Dodger by Steven K. Wagner.

About the Book:
seinsoth_fcIn 1968, Bill Seinsoth overcame a lifetime of adversity to become the best college baseball player in the world. Few were surprised. After all, as a high school senior and the top prep pitcher in the country his team won the California state championship, and he was named MVP. He attended USC, where his team won an NCAA title and he was chosen College World Series MVP. During the summers, he played for the elite Alaska Goldpanners college baseball team and again was MVP. Finally, he was chosen in the first round of baseball’s draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers. A big, strong, handsome, confident and personable slugger, he was to have become the team’s first baseman long into the future. However, storm clouds formed. As he drove across the California desert toward home following his first season in the Dodgers organization a gust of wind blew Seinsoth’s car over, killing him. A carton of bats emblazoned with his name may have delivered the fatal blow as his car flipped multiple times.

This book chronicles the incredible life of Bill Seinsoth, whose death while en route to watch his good friend O.J. Simpson’s final preseason football game a week before the running back’s NFL debut paved the way for Steve Garvey to become a star first baseman with the Dodgers. The book includes interviews with former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, college coach of the century Rod Dedeaux, and former major leaguers Ron Cey (who was supposed to ride with Seinsoth but who backed out at the last minute), Jim Barr and Bill “Spaceman” Lee. While pure entertainment, this book is important to readers as a road map for overcoming adversity and achieving greatness.

About the Author:
51binvr5uyl-_ux250_Steven K. Wagner is a longtime author and freelance writer. He began his career as a newspaper reporter, working for several small papers before joining the legendary wire service United Press International in Boise, Idaho, as assistant bureau chief. He left there to become an editor with Oregon’s largest daily newspaper, The Oregonian, and later worked as the newspaper’s night crime reporter. After four years with The Oregonian Mr. Wagner moved to Los Angeles and began working as a freelance journalist. His writing and photography appeared in the Los Angeles Times for 15 years and he has also completed assignments for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times-Washington Post News Service, Seattle Times, Oklahoma City Oklahoman, Baseball America and other newspapers. His first book, titled “Perfect: The Rise and Fall of John Paciorek, Baseball’s Greatest One-Game Wonder” (Breakaway Books, NY), was published in March 2015. His second book, titled “Seinsoth: The Rough-and-Tumble Life of a Dodger” (Sunbury Press, PA), was released in November 2016. A third book, titled “Sweet Sixteen: Stories of the Four-Home Run Batsmen,” is in process and will be released in 2018. Mr. Wagner currently resides in Southern California.

Seinsoth: The Rough-and-Tumble Life of a Dodger
• Hardcover
• Publisher: Sunbury Press, Inc. (November 30, 2016)
• Language: English
• ISBN-10: 1620067161
• ISBN-13: 978-1620067161
• Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
• Shipping Weight: 1 pound

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Carl Scheib to appear in Gratz

Gratz, PA — Former major league pitcher Carl Scheib, who is the youngest player in American League history, having taken the mound for Connie Mack’s Philadelphia A’s in 1943 at the age of 16, will be at the Gratz Community Center July 7th, 2016 at 7 PM. Carl’s biographer, Lawrence Knorr, will present his latest book Wonder Boy – The Story of Carl Scheib: The Youngest Player in American League History. Lawrence and Carl will then answer questions and sign copies of the book which will be for sale through the Gratz Historical Society. Carl will then donate some of his memorabilia to the Gratz Historical Society Museum.

ABOUT THE BOOK

wb_fcCarl Scheib, from Gratz, PA, was a young farm boy of 16 who was signed to a major league contract by Connie Mack of the Philadelphia Athletics. Carl enjoyed 11 years in the major leagues, interrupted by his service in World War II. When he made his first appearance in 1943, he was the youngest player in modern major league history. The following season, Joe Nuxhall of the National League’s Cincinnati Reds, pitched 2/3 of an inning at age 15, breaking Carl’s major league record, but Carl retained his American League record.

Known as a good-hitting pitcher, Carl hit .396 in 1951 and .298 in 1948. He hit five home runs in his career, including a grand slam.

As a pitcher, Carl was a key hurler on the 1948 Philadelphia Athletics, going 14-8 during a tight pennant race. He also went 11-7 in 1952, and saved 11 games in 1951. Behind his “pitch- to-contact” approach, the A’s set the all-time record for double plays in a season with 217 in 1949, a record that still stands.

Wonder Boy chronicles the rapid rise of Carl Scheib from his high school days at Gratz and his contributions to Dalmatia in the West Branch League, to his subsequent major league career, facing such players as Joe DiMaggio, Bill Dickey, Ted Williams, Yogi Berra, Bobby Doerr, Satchel Paige, Bob Lemon, Larry Doby, Bob Feller, Luke Appling, Early Wynn, Mickey Mantle and many more.

This volume is 240 pages

Format – hardcover w/dust jacket

black and white photos. 6 x 9

ISBN:  9781620064139

Price: $24.95

SPO003030 SPORTS & RECREATION / Baseball / History

BIO016000 BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Sports

HIS036080 HISTORY / United States / State & Local / Middle Atlantic

A lot of balls! "Keystone Tombstone Sports" features famous sportsmen buried in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Pa.Sunbury Press has released Joe Farrell’s and Joe Farley’s Keystone Tombstones Sports. The book is a compilation of biographies about famous sportsmen buried in Pennsylvania.

ktsp_frontAbout the Book:
Pennsylvania’s contributions to the sporting world are captured in this special edition of the Keystone Tombstones series focused on those persons interred in Pennsylvania who played interesting roles in sports. Farrell and Farley have combed the Keystone State to bring you the most entertaining tales about interesting sports figures buried in Pennsylvania. Included in this volume:

Alan AMECHE “The Horse”
William Law ANDERSON
Paul ARIZIN “Pitchin’ Paul”
Richie ASHBURN “His Whiteness”
Bert BELL “Modern Football’s Founding Father”
Billy CONN “The Pittsburgh Kid”
Jake DAUBERT “Why the Hall Not?”
Nellie FOX and Billy COX “Fox and Cox”
Joe William FRAZIER “Smokin’ Joe”
Josh GIBSON “The Black Babe Ruth”
Tom GOLA “A Philly Legend”
Harry GREB “The Human Windmill”
Jim CROWLEY and Harry STUHLDREHER “Half the Horsemen”
Eddie PLANK and Christy MATHEWSON “Hall of Fame Hurlers”
Harry KALAS “That Ball’s Outta Here!”
Connie MACK “The Tall Tactician”
John MCDERMOTT “Golf’s Unknown Champion”
Danny MURTAUGH “The Whistling Irishman”
Chuck NOLL “The Emperor”
Joe PATERNO “JoePa”
Bob PRINCE and Myron COPE “The Voices of Pittsburgh”
Art ROONEY “The Chief”
Maurice STOKES “The Unknown NBA Superstar”
Carl Edwin STOTZ “Little League’s Founding Father”
Jock SUTHERLAND “Jock”
Jim THORPE “The Greatest Athlete of the 20th Century”
Willie THROWER “Football’s Jackie Robinson”
Bill TILDEN “Big Bill”
Honus WAGNER and Pie TRAYNOR “Pirates’ Pride”
Harry WRIGHT “The Father of Professional Baseball”
Others of Note

joesBook Release Event:
The Joes will be at the Sunbury Press Store (50 W Main St. Mechanicsburg, OA 17055) on Saturday December 20, 2014, from 1 PM to 4 PM. Their presentation will cover interesting persons and situations from Keystone Tombstones Sports and Keystone Tombstones Volume 3.

Keystone Tombstones Sports: Famous People Buried in Pennsylvania
Authored by Joe Farrell, Authored by Joe Farley
List Price: $19.95
8″ x 10″ (20.32 x 25.4 cm)
Black & White on White paper
218 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620064917
ISBN-10: 162006491X
BISAC: Biography & Autobiography / Sports

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William Cook's "Diamond Madness" recounts some of the strangest incidents in baseball history

Mechanicsburg, PA – Sunbury Press has released best-selling author William A. Cook’s baseball history compilation “Diamond Madness: The Strange, Rowdy, Violent and sometimes Racist Relationship between Major League Fans and Players.”

dm_fcAbout the Book:
For more than one hundred and thirty-five years baseball has been considered America’s game. Major league baseball was the first sport in the country to be played before large crowds in enclosed stadiums. Also it was the first sport to have its games broadcast daily on powerhouse 50,000 watt radio stations from the east coast to the Great Plains.

For as long as the “Grand Old Game” of baseball has existed there has been a close relationship between the fans and players. Generally that relationship has amounted to harmless hero worship; fathers passing stories of the grandstand heroes of their youth on to future generations of fans. However, at times a dark side has come to the fore in the relationship between fans and players; one that has been rowdy, sometimes racist, sometimes violent and in some cases deadly. Episodes of rowdyism and violence involving fans and players in major league baseball tend to attract wider media coverage and tend to be more controversial than those in other professional sports because baseball is an environment considered to be family oriented and one deeply rooted in American culture through legends, song and verse.

Contents:
Mugging The Umpire
Ty Cobb Attacks Fan
Troubles for John McGraw
Babe Ruth booed, wants to fight fans
Memorable Incidents of Post Season Fan Rowdyism
Eddie Waitkus shot By Deranged Admirer
Mystery Bullet Kills Fan at the Polo Grounds
The Duke of Flatbush fights Fan in the Queen City
Personal Troublers and Death Threats for Mickey Mantle and Billy Martin
Jim Piersall vs. the Fans
Henry Aaron, Racism, Death Threats and 715
Steel City Melodrama
Ten Cent Beer Night in Cleveland
Lyman Bostock shot and killed in Gary, Indiana
Disco Demolition Night at Comiskey Park
Joe Morgan illegally arrested at Los Angeles International Airport
The Steve Bartman Affair
Giants Fan Is Beaten Senseless at Dodger Stadium
Major Leaguers as Crime Victims
Latin Players: Big Contracts and Security Risks
Appendices:
True Bill – Indictment of Ruth Ann Steinhagen
Petition filed on behalf of Ruth Ann Steinhagen

Diamond Madness
Authored by William A. Cook
List Price: $16.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
270 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620062258
ISBN-10: 1620062259
BISAC: Sports/Baseball/History

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Diamond-Madness-97816200…

Soon to be available on Kindle and Nook