article by Publisher Keith Madison
Recently, I visited with a top executive in a major pharmaceutical company for two and a half hours. For two of the hours we talked baseball. It was obvious, one of his great passions in life is baseball. On my trip home, I realized for the thousandth time the special way that baseball transcends all walks of life. I’ve talked baseball with NBA stars and NFL stars; also, governors, congressmen, Republicans, Democrats, Catholics, Protestants, Muslims, Hindus and Jews. I’ve spent many hours on dusty, rough Dominican fields with multi-millionaires and small boys without shoes. Baseball is a subject that breaks down barriers in a major league way. Bottom line, we need more baseball talk in our world!
One of the most famous actors in the history of Hollywood, Humphrey Bogart, once said, “A hotdog at the ballpark is better than a steak at the Ritz.” Poet Walt Whitman was also a great fan during the game’s infancy in the 19th century. Mr. Whitman observed, “I see great things in baseball. It’s our game—the American game.” Very few opening the pages of this magazine would disagree with Yogi Berra when he quipped, “Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too.” And, finally, President George W. Bush once admitted, “I never dreamed about being President, I wanted to be Willie Mays.” Presidents, actors, poets and people in all walks of life, love to “talk baseball.” It’s still America’s game.
It’s exciting to see fellow ABCA board member Ed Blankmeyer on the cover of this issue of Inside Pitch. We are blessed to have an impressive group of retired coaches on our board. Their experience and wisdom is invaluable. But, it is very special to have stellar active coaches such as Ed, Tim Corbin, Ed Flaherty, Danny Hall, John Kolasinski, Rich Maloney, Steve Smith, Kent Shelley, Jim Schlossnagle, Dan McDonnell, Scott Berry, John Casey, Stu Fritz, Rick Hitt, Tim Mead, Jeff Messer, Ron Polk, Tim Saunders and John Schaly. Each of these men have their finger on the pulse of amateur baseball and represent the American Baseball Coaches Association in a dynamic way.
Thank you, subscribers and ABCA members, for allowing all of us at Inside Pitch the opportunity to “talk baseball” with you six times each year.