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Weaponized Baseball-Making Us Question What We Thought We Knew


Baseball is a sport that infiltrates your entire life.  It comes early in the spring, offering hope to the fans of the down trodden teams, and offering the prospect of repeats for the good ones.  It stays through the warm summer months, enduring summer vacations and heat waves and fills our free time with the escape from the every day routine.  Finally, it stays until the brink of the pending winter, forcing us to forego the cold and miserable season on our own counting the days until the ritual starts all over.  These are just a few of the reasons why baseball plays such a big part in our lives.  Always willing to teach the fan something new every year, along with supplying them with countless new memories.  But what if there was more than just the game itself?  What if it is part of a bigger plan that expands beyond the sport of baseball?  What if we as fans had it all wrong, what if it is really more than just a game and a much more vital part of our society than we ever imagined.  Today’s book takes a look at how the world has been shaped and influenced by the game of baseball beyond the diamond.

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By: Scott Rowan-2016

This book really makes you stop and think.  The author shows the reader the many ways that the game of baseball has shaped society.  From influencing businesses, battlefield leaders, large scale government agendas and military actions around the world.  It is proof that baseball has the power to manipulate the world in multiple ways.  It can influence , distract, build morale and of course help create some enemies along the way as well.

Scott Rowan takes the reader on a journey mainly over the last few centuries of what baseball has done for our society.  How it has played a role in the Civil War, both World Wars, Korea and Vietnam.  He shows how world leaders have used the game to distract the masses and push political agendas, a very good example being Cuba.  He also shows us how it has created strife in the White House among politicians and their personal feelings about the game.  Some generally accepted baseball myths are busted along the way, which were generally accepted as fact at one time.  Obviously, Cooperstown is another one of those baseball myths that gets busted in numerous ways.

Rowan does make the reader step back and think about what he is writing about on more than one occasion in this book.  Readers can easily see how many of these facts are possible and sometimes the facts are so obvious, this could be why we never really thought about it.  It proves how much more there is to the game of baseball and the influence it has on the world.  It goes so much deeper than just the game on the field.  The book covers big-time world leaders and events. Names such as Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Hitler, Mussolini, Castro, Nixon, Franklin Roosevelt, The Mexican Revolution, Korea, Japan, China and Nicaragua.

Baseball fans should really check this out.  It is fun look that takes a look at baseballs far reaching history beyond the diamond.  It is guaranteed to teach every baseball fan some new fact and will definitely make you ask more than once, how was that able to really happen?

You can get this book from the nice folks at Sherpa Multimedia

Weaponized Baseball

Happy Reading

Gregg

 

The Cubs Quotient – How the Cubs Changed the World


When a team has been around for almost 150 years, they have probably seen a lot of things happen.  Within those 150 years there is the possibility that they had their hand in a historical moment or two off the field as well.  Such is the case with the Chicago Cubs.  They are more than just the curse and Wrigley Field.  They have changed the world before our very eyes.

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By:Scott Rowan-2014 Sherpa Multimedia

We are all familiar with the Cubs story on the field.  They are forever waiting for next year, but it has yet to come.  Now there is a book that shows what an effect the Cubs have on our society as a whole, and the effect a team can have on the entire world.

Scott Rowan has written a book that outlines all these points.  It looks at how the Cubs have had an impact off the field and been inadvertently linked with some of the most important moments in American history.  The book covers all major aspects of our lives.  Politics, Society, Race, Vice, Innovation, Entertainment and of course Baseball.  It looks at all the major events that occurred in these arenas and how the Cubs were in some way connected to the events that unfolded.  It is a neat concept that really makes you wonder how big events touch all of our lives.

The book almost takes the approach of the game Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.  In all these great events the Cubs really are not that far off in the distance.  There is always a way to bring the Cubs into the fold.  I feel a few of the correlations are a bit of a stretch, but for the most part it’s a fun approach to the team history.  It keeps you interested throughout the entire book in the fact that it makes you wonder how the Cubs are going to be tied into this one.

This book is a fun read and all Baseball fans will enjoy it.  The book is based around just the Chicago Cubs, and one of the sections centers around the city of Chicago, but it does throw in that American history vibe that takes it beyond a regional realm.  I think a lot of fans will be surprised in what the Cubs were actually a part of, and how they changed the world we all live in.

You can get this book from the nice folks at Sherpa Multimedia

http://www.sherpamultimedia.com

Happy Reading

Gregg