Book Club

March Book Club | Mrs. Morhard and The Boys

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by Ruth Hanford Morhard

BUY: Mrs. Morhard and The Boys

Just in time for spring training and Women’s History month! My book club pick for March is an age-old story of a mother looking to keep her son out of trouble.

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But this one is true. And it’s one that everyone will recognize after the first few pages.

The Great Depression had hit America hard, and WWII was just around the corner. Baseball was the country’s passion, and a great distraction from all of life’s hardships. Mrs. Morhard’s son was getting up to no good and she was looking for solutions. 

So what’s a mother to do but convince the mayor of her town (a suburb of Cleveland) to let her son and his friends use a neglected tract of land next to the town hall to play baseball? Coached of course, by Mrs. Morhard and other mothers.

And who knew that the first pitch wasn’t as much a fastball as it was a snowball… that grew rapidly into teams, and then leagues. Or that it would not only attract the interest, but the attention and the action of members of the Cleveland Indians who showed up to teach the kids baseball skills and watch the action.

And who could have thought these boys and their mother’s little detention experiment would inspire an interest in youth baseball so great that soon there would be something called the Junior American League, and then the Junior National Leagues?! 

What Mrs. Morhard unwittingly did, you see, was to pioneer an organized sport that became what’s known today as baseball’s Little League.

And did you guess that’s what this book was all about when you first started reading about it here? 

As a mom who is always on the look-out for healthy activities to keep my kids occupied (physically & mentally) lest they find themselves with too much time on their hands that might lead to some unwise choices, I find myself cheering for Mrs. Morhard’s team. 

As as someone who can’t count the number of Little League, high school, and professional baseball games I’ve attended, and who loves the sights, sounds, and smells of the stadiums on summer days, I’m rooting for The Boys!

Pick up your copy (and one for a friend) of the inspiring true story of
Mrs. Morhard and The Boys HERE

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I have several copies of Mrs. Morhard and The Boys to give away! Write to me and tell me why you’d like a copy. You might share a favorite story of what you or your mother did to keep kids happy, healthy, and safe. Or, you might share a story about baseball with me. I love ALL your stories!

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January Book Club | Still in the Game

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I have more than a few football lovers in the family. In fact, my 10 year old grandson, Elijah, just returned from the Youth Football Championships in Canton, Ohio (Home of the Football Hall of Fame) where his team, The Raptors, were fortunate enough to play.

The game has so many fabulous metaphors for life that many of us use even if we’ve never donned a set of shoulder pads or smeared grease paint under our eyes. Such is NOT the case for the man, or his story I’m about to recommend.

For January, which happens to be the month of football playoffs, I’ve chosen an inspiring read, Still in the Game, by former NFL Defensive End, and now motivational speaker and author, Devon Still. It’s on bookshelves Tuesday, January 8th.

Still was brought to his knees by his daughter, Leah’s, cancer diagnosis, but that’s where he was used to finding God. 

His faith, and the lessons that life and the game of football had taught him prepared him to support her in “beating up cancer” and showing up for life!

He wants everyone to, “Be proud of your scars. They’re signs that you survived whatever tried to break you.”

Still has many such scars, the emotional ones that come from growing up in the inner city and being raised in a broken home, to the physical ones from the many sports injuries he’s had to overcome, and those to his career as a result.

He wants you to know that our challenges reveal our true purpose, and no set-back is too great to prevent not only a comeback, but it may be the thing that sets us on a path to a life better lived than ever before.

Millions of people around the world have been inspired by Devon’s tireless devotion to his daughter’s victory over cancer and his undaunted optimism. I’m inspired. I want you to be as well.

Learn more at StillintheGameBook.com

Pick up your copy HERE