I am sitting here on the northern edge of a monumental blizzard that is wreaking havoc on the eastern seaboard. While I am not lucky enough to be getting the awesome amounts of snow that the big cities are getting, at least we saw something out of this storm. In sports and baseball in particular through the last several decades, the media outlets have exploded. Much like this winter storm they have made an indelible mark on our society that may never be forgotten. ESPN especially has made their mark and on sports other than just baseball. Their self proclaimed moniker of the Worldwide Leader in Sports, holds true and may never be seriously challenged. Now there is a book that takes an in depth look at how ESPN became the king of sports media.
Travis Vogan has taken an inside look at how ESPN has come from their roots of showing Australian Rules Football as their main programming and using ramshackle sets to becoming the go to source for all sports information. They found a niche that obviously America wanted to fill and took advantage of that.
This book shows that through their rise in power in the sports media industry they have been able to push agendas, create superstars both on and off the field and also create a rapport with their viewers like no other sports media outlet ever has been able to or probably ever will. They have created a success that will be tough to ever repeat because of how much of a stronghold they have been able to place over the industry.
Travis Vogan has written a very interesting book that gives you the ins and outs of a media empire. I realize they do more than baseball but did include them on here, because they have been able to do some innovative things through the years where the game was concerned. They also have dedicated some serious air time to the sport, in so many different ways that other networks were not interested in doing. They have been a great partner in helping Major League Baseball grow.
Baseball fans should check this out because it is very informative and helps you understand what they have truly given to each and every fan of the game.
You can get this book from the nice folks at University of Illinois Press
Sometimes I come across a book that has some sort of underlying theme that includes baseball, but wouldn’t really be considered a baseball book. We have seen that baseball has great talent in bringing all sorts of people together, regardless of race, sex, creed, religion or disabilities. It is one of the things that makes the game so great. Baseball has introduced to the world a remarkable young man who through his family’s love and support has not let his disability stand in the way of being the best person he can be.
This is not even close to the standard baseball book that we are all used to. So please keep that in mind as you read forward. Trevor is a young man who lives in California and has Down-Syndrome. He also works as a greeter for both the Anaheim (or whatever city they are from these days) Angels and Anaheim Ducks in the NHL. From both my internet research and by reading the book, Trevor has become somewhat of a local celebrity in California. His engaging personality and loving life attitude have made him a local favorite among fans in the area.
Trevorized! is really a story about a father’s struggles with his own demons and learning to become the kind of father who has a son with special needs requires. It is a journey of father and son who learn how to function together. It also shows how they have leaned on their faith through good times and bad as a family unit. Now the book overall falls more towards the religious side than the sports side, so keep that in mind if you are thinking about this book for yourself.
Overall this is really an remarkable story. Trevor has excelled at his job with both employers and become a vital member of his teams. The Hendershot’s are trying to work with the sports teams as well as Major League Baseball to employ more great folks like Trevor with special needs. It is a great initiative and hopefully the teams and leagues stand along with Trevor and his family and make it a reality.
This is really a unique and touching story about a family coping and in the end a great outcome for all involved. As I said above, the baseball angle is not a strong topic within the story, but Trevor’s journey is so interesting that is still warrants a look from baseball fans.
You can get this book direct from Trevor and Robert
I don’t think by any measure that this is the last time we will be hearing from Trevor Hendershot.