Baseball Book: Pressure Makes Diamonds A Timeless Tale of America’s Greatest Pastime

Pressure Makes Diamonds

A Timeless Tale of America’s Greatest Pastime

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SYNOPSIS

“Gamecocks baseball – University of South Carolina baseball – is where pressure makes diamonds.  On June 30, 2010, the Gamecocks won their first, major-sport national championship after enduring 119 tumultuous years of college baseball.

“It was a long time coming.

“In 1892, tough ‘College Boys’ known as The Fighting Gamecocks played baseball for the sheer love of the game: the university had no budget for uniforms, travel or baseball gloves.

“In 2010, the stellar notes of extra-inning comebacks, spectacular defensive plays and Blake Cooper’s unexpected, for-the-ages, complete-game, College World Series performance rang loud and clear one Nebraska evening, and aired on national television on ESPN.

Pressure Makes Diamonds A Timeless Tale of America’s Greatest Pastime pursues and reveals the personal agonies, demoralizing fears, abject failures, daring roles and almost-forgotten accomplishments of historic roster, storied Gamecocks players, among them 2009 ‘Most Valuable Oriole’ Brian Roberts; speedy Mets phenom Mookie Wilson;  Seattle’s home-run hitter Justin Smoak; and the invincible ‘Killer B’s’—Kip Bouknight, Scott Barber and Peter Bauer—who pitched the Gamecocks to first-ever Number One national ranking with a 56-10 record in 2000.

“Diamonds do sparkle, but not overnight.  And not before they are discovered, cut and polished.

“Legendary football coaches and athletic directors Billy ‘The Fox’ Laval and Paul Dietzel set the stage for former New York Yankee, Gold Glove, World Series-MVP legend Bobby Richardson to become Gamecocks baseball’s first full-time head coach.

“Richardson’s vision led his almost-20-winning-seasons successor June Raines, and three-time, NCAA Baseball Coach of the Year Ray Tanner, to work like diamond-cutters and fashion raw-material recruits into diamond-studded teams that eventually sparkled one glorious Omaha night.

But it did not happen overnight.

An Angel in the Outfield

“On June 14, 1996, former NC State head coach Tanner brought his 395-173-3 brand of aggressive baseball straight from coaching the US Olympic team in Atlanta to Columbia, South Carolina.  In doing so, he promised the Gamecocks a national championship.

“After his fourth Omaha College World Series appearance, a grateful Gamecock Nation cheered the coveted crown and trophy.  Tanner acknowledged that not all was of his own doing:

‘I was given the opportunity to step into the successful operation left behind by those ahead of me.  All I did was walk into their shoes and kept to what the numbers dictated to me.’

“June of 2010 was also the last hurrah for Omaha’s venerable Rosenblatt Field.   Unexpected heroics, extra-inning games, mystic ‘Avatar Spirit Stick’ antics, dugout hi-jinks and miracles from a seven-year old boy, Bayler Teal, were in the air.

Baylor TealTeal, the Gamecock’s invisible ‘Angel in the Outfield,’ and the Gamecocks’ Number One Fan, lost his battles against cancer during the Series but from the wings above he helped the unseeded Carolina baseball team defeat designated-favorite UCLA in the tournament Finals.

“The winning players vowed that night to come back and win again for Beal the next year… and they did win in 2011, joining only seven other teams to ever win back-to-back, national championships.

Beyond Baseball

“So much more than a baseball book, Pressure Makes Diamonds is a five-star read about living lightning bursting with America’s revolutionary beginnings and soul-searing skirmishes drawn across racial lines.

“The co-authors analyse agrarian-economy booms and busts, two world wars and a war in Vietnam that divided the country, and baseball, and their parallels to the sport’s growth in Columbia and nationally.  Even the integration of blacks and whites, and its effect upon the Gamecocks’ arduous, ebb-and-flow ascension to two glorious, diamond-studded, back-to-back, national-championship victories, are put under their microscope.

Tanner’s Worthwhile Purpose

“Ray Tanner, former Carolina baseball Head Coach, now the university’s Athletics Director, has not yet written his final lines.  A father of three with a soft spot in his generous heart for physically challenged children, he dreams of building a Miracle League™ field for the children ‘as close as possible to Carolina Stadium.’

“’Through our foundation in the community, my wife and I try to reach out as much as we can and help those that are less fortunate.  The purpose of this book is to help contribute to the creation of a ‘Miracle League’ field in the Columbia, SC area.’

PMD ebook cover“Men, women, boys and girls of all ages, if you love baseball stories, here is one heartwarming tale for the ages, co-authored by two internationally published authors, J. David Miller and Ronald Joseph Kule.

 Pressure Makes Diamonds A Timeless Tale of America’s Greatest Pastime.

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A portion of every eBook and book sale will help special-needs children, who love baseball and want to play the game, by contributing to a Miracle League field being built one day right next to Carolina Stadium and the heart of Gamecock Nation’s main campus.

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Attention, Collectors!

A limited number of the hardcover, limited-edition book version is still available through The Ray Tanner Foundation.  Many are signed and numbered.  All are covered with real baseball leather and stitching!

Companies and collectors wishing more information about how to contribute to the Miracle League ballpark through book sales — the books make great corporate gifts — should contact:

KuleBooksLLC@gmail.com

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© 2011, 2015 by J. David Miller and Ronald Joseph Kule. Reserved.

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FREE EBOOK OFFER, LIMITED-TIME OFFER

Now through Sunday, April 19, 2015 midnight, my NEW EBOOK is totally FREE! (Romantic suspense novel)

Ruined by Murder Addicted to Love

What do you do when love dies?  How do you get love to come alive again? What does it take to find love that lasts forever?

One Reader’s review:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VQSHMH4Ruined by Murder Addicted to Love is an ambitious book that tackles mankind’s biggest problem — love.  To categorize this story as simply a romance or a love story would be an injustice; it’s really a story about all of us: how we want to reach out and connect with each other, and the things that get in our way.  This is an ambitious book – one unlike any other I have ever read.  You might just fall in love with it.” — DAVID CARUS, author of Super Artist: How to Take Flight as a Creator and Hip Hop Will Save the World

I ask that if you like my book, go to the amazon.com page and scroll down and post a review/comment, which greatly helps book rankings.

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SYNOPSIS

By

Ronald Joseph Kule

Carlos Almarón is about to pop the question.  Instead, he is dumped, pushing him into a confused and nearly fatal tailspin.  Devastated, smoldering in the ruins of his loss, he yearns to know why he has once again lost at love.

Only with the help of a sympathetic friend and her late husband’s marriage journal does he begins to understand true love and real romance.

Almarón’s venture takes him back into the era of knighthood and courtly love, dredging up old memories.  Later, his daydreams and nightmares include his pubescent attempts at sexual relations and his sophomoric escapades with the opposite sex, which awaken deeply embedded thoughts and a jumble of mixed emotions not easily escaped.

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Carmela Ariana, Almarón’s lifelong and platonic friend, weathers a far different gauntlet of sexual and romantic hardships arguably more difficult than his.

A victim of fatherly abuse, she rebounds through several partners, including a connection that she has kept secret from Almarón: her intimate relations with her beautiful, college roommate Emily Logano, a Mafioso’s daughter… and… Almarón’s would-be fiancée!

In the wake of these events, Almarón and Ariana seek answers, but for different reasons.  Working together, they uncover not only what happened the night his plan for marriage spun to a jarring halt, and how and why Logano lost her life, but also a portal that leads Cupid to find them when and where they least expect to discover everlasting love.

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Almarón’s and Ariana’s journey portrays a microcosm of anyone’s uncharted journey from childhood through puberty to sexually active adulthood and the sanctity of marriage.  The road they travel appeals to both genders.

Ruined by Murder Addicted to Love

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© 2014 by Ronald Joseph Kule and KuleBooks LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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In Honor of Geoffrey Lewis, Master Storyteller

Geoffrey Lewis

Geoffrey Lewis, Actor

Yesterday a masterful actor passed away. He was also a master story writer and teller. Give a listen:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kI-IcPUV6Gw

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Love in Ten Lines

Beautiful Taehreh (Some Call It Red) from Calgary, Canada, challenged me to write a poem about love in ten lines, a challenge forwarded to her from a friend.

Here are her guidelines:

  1. Write about love using only 10 lines.
  2. Use the word love in every line.
  3. Each line can only be 4 words long.
  4. Nominate 10 or so others who are up for the challenge.
  5. Let them know about the challenge.
  6. Title the post, Love in Ten Lines.
  7. Include a quote about love. (This can be your own.)
  8. You may write in any language.

Here is my entry:

Love in Ten Lines

Love is not silent,

yet love is loud;

love is invisible, yet

love is a portrait;

head-over-heels love

makes moonlit romantic love

worth the troubles love

brings us; and, “Love

that springs love eternal

is the best love.”*

© 2015 by Ron Kule, Poet. Reserved.

Here are my 10 (Facebook friend) invitees to take the 10-line poem challenge:

Christina Moss; Abla Verde; LD Sledge; Taehreh (back atcha!); Karen Nelson Bell; Cat Firstman; NK Goddard; NoteSlinger Dwight Mikkelson; David Carus

(* love quote by Ron Kule, Poet.)

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AA Professional Football League Opens Training Camps

(NOTE: The following article is a re-post granted by the author of this blog site, because the author of this site has ties to the SoCal Coyotes, one of the teams in the new football league and he agrees with what they are attempting to accomplish.)

APFL COMMISSIONER MOUSE DAVIS OPENS’ HISTORIC’ TRAINING CAMPS IN ARIZONA, CALIFORNIA AND NEVADA

AAPFL DARRELL MOUSE DAVIS

(PALM SPRINGS) — “It’s all about the kids.”

Darrel “Mouse” Davis, arguably the greatest mind in offensive football, who tutored NFL Hall of Famers like Barry Sanders and Jim Kelly and whose fire-breathing Run ‘n’ Shoot offense produced the likes of Warren Moon and changed the way the modern game is played, has a new calling.

Today he officially declared training camps open for four teams as the new Commissioner of the upstart AAA Professional Football League, where ‘Building Champions by Building Men’ got underway in cities in Arizona, California and Nevada.

Thanks to the financial underpinning of Five Star Sports & Entertainment and The Five Star Financial Companies, the APFL has made good on its promise to ‘Be Paid, Be Insured, Be Discovered, Be A Man’ — the battle cry of a league that ‘Defends the Shield’ of faith, family and football.

The APFL opened training camps with unprecedented insurance benefits, stipends for leadership and a bevy of innovative programs that push players to succeed as men, husbands, fathers – and if they have the talent, play their way to stardom.

“This is about opportunity for the players,” Davis says. “I’m all about what is good for the game, good for the kids, and opens up more opportunities.”

Forget the big names from the CFL and NFL who are peeking in on the talent pool assembled by the nation’s fastest-growing developmental league. Forget that the finishing touches on a movie — ‘The Mouse that Roars’ –are being produced on Davis and his sensational, David-versus-Goliath life story.

Back Inside of Football

Davis wants you to know that he’s back in football and the APFL with the same passion that drove him as a high school coach back in the ’60s, as a record-shattering NCAA coach in the ’70s, as a pro coach in the CFL, NFL and USFL in ’80s and ’90s, and as the architect of the Arena Football League.

He’s here for the kids, as he calls them. Every one of them. Davis has fostered so many players, so many coaches — such as June Jones – that they’re now too many to count. His mentoring of friend and coach J David Miller led to the development of the SoCal Coyotes and their model program, which is now the flagship and cornerstone of the APFL.

“Teachers like Mouse affect eternity, because you never know where there influence stops,” says Miller, as his APFL staff prepared two teams — the California Sharks and SoCal Coyotes — for a joint training camp in Palm Springs.

Other camps opened in Phoenix and Las Vegas, and Mouse will visit them all before the four teams kick off April 11 and 12 for the start of a four-game, four-week, four-team showcase season, with a championship to be played on May 16.

It’s not just the APFL’s players who are under scrutiny. So is the league model, as all of corporate America carefully eyes this scalable, developmental football franchise opportunity, which seeks to expand to 100 teams within five years, and 500 in 10.

THE AAA PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE is the nation’s fastest-growing developmental franchise football opportunity, founded on America’s #1 developmental program. A lifeline to stranded developmental players, the APFL pays modest stipends and offers insurance, while developing players who seek NFL, CFL or AFL discovery.

The APFL ‘Builds Champions by Building Men’ through employment and leadership opportunities, challenging its players to ‘Be Paid, Be Insured, Be Discovered – and Be a Man.’

For more information on the APFL, visit www.aaapfl.com , or email Brandon O’Neill at brandon@aaapfl.com.

–Brandon O’Neill, VP Program Development

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