Big and Little Poison: Paul and Lloyd Waner, Baseball by Clifton Blue Parker

By Clifton Blue Parker

The Waner brothers, Paul and Lloyd--also referred to as "Big Poison" and "Little Poison"--played jointly for fourteen seasons within the comparable Pittsburgh outfield within the Nineteen Twenties and Thirties. greater than part a century after retiring, they nonetheless rank because the best-hitting brothers in significant league background with a mixed 5,611 hits--517 greater than the 3 Alou brothers, 758 greater than the 3 DiMaggio brothers, and 1,400 greater than the 5 Delahanty brothers. And either Waners are within the corridor of reputation, the one taking part in brothers so venerated. This paintings tells the tale of the Waner brothers from their early lives in Oklahoma via their enjoying days, which incorporated a global sequence opposed to the mythical 1927 long island Yankees. it's also the tale of 2 American eras: the Roaring Twenties and the melancholy years. either publish amazing numbers separately: Paul collected 3,152 hits, and his .333 lifetime standard ranks one of the optimum ever within the video game. Lloyd, an entire life .316 hitter, amassed 2,459 hits, and had it now not been for illnesses, he may have cleared the 3,000 hit milestone to boot. jointly, they have been baseball heroes.

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With this acknowledgment of the high place of baseball, our American national pastime, comes a deep sense of responsibility for those of us who In writing choose to claim the In society today, title we baseball coach. are^faced with growing disrespect for leaders, a lessening acceptance of the existence of lasting values, and a desire to win Baseball does not escape these societal influences. Base- at all cost. coaches at all levels are regularly tempted to take other than the high road to cut a corner, stretch a rule, or shade the truth to accomplish the short-term goal of recruiting a player, preparing a team, or winning a baseball game.

When a player left the pro- gram and hadn't progressed from being a boy to being a man, I would be dissatisfied with myself. One of our rules was that players would wear no facial hair and no long hair, with the back of the hair trimmed so it would not touch the collar. Alan Bannister played 12 years in the major leagues. Out of high school, he was the number one draft pick of the California Angels. He opted to attend Arizona State He was also a surfer from instead of accepting a $53,000 signing bonus.

This attention often includes criticism. Responsibilities go representing a team, a school, and a conference. A with positive public im- all players follow social customs in the community. Coaches must accept the responsibility for how a team looks on the field and in public. Appearance is one of the few factors you can control. If you pay attention to appearance and how you want your team to behave, the impression you want to make on others will result in positive reinforcement. In time, vour team will be the team vou want it to be.

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