The Ole Ball Game

~ Baseball Coaching ~ Baseball Participation ~
~ Dream It, Believe It, Achieve It! ~

 

Welcome to theoleballgame.com, a website for baseball coaching youth, and amateur. The information contained within these friendly confines, is created for coaches, players, parents and fans.

This site is here, and bet that you are also, because someone has touched us with this game. A game like no other, it is loved and cherished by those who have, and have not played it. The game is surrounded by a magical, almost mystical presence of all that was, is, and always will be, played out on sand lots and inside stadiums world wide.

Playing or coaching this great game, begins with a dream, that vision of something we wish to accomplish, or a destination we aspire to achieve. Development of that dream requires that we truly believe it can happen.


Believe in yourself

The pages within are designed to stimulate thoughts on ways to help develop and achieve your dream, take your belief in that dream and turn it into reality, whether you are a rookie or veteran coach, player, parent or fan. I encourage you to engulf yourself in the journey. Your investment in the game, like a good stock, will provide far greater returns than you invested.

While there have been a few original thoughts along the way, most of what has been accumulated was learned from someone, somewhere. Every now and then it's believed there has been an original idea, only to realize it has been forgotten from whom it was learned.

So, pack up your dreams in the "ole" equipment bag, gather around the portable cage, lean on a fungo while traveling "round" the bases in your mind, at theoleballgame.com; inspired by 46 plus, years of experience.

Ty Cobb, safe again. One of 892 career steals.

As you focus on the process, the results will take care of themselves, just as they do in the game itself.

May you always slide in, under the tag!

Wishing each of you the best in your journey.

Yours in baseball,

Rick



Who Would Have Imagined?

As We Work And Play In This Game, A Good Portion Of Our Life Is Spent Gripping A Baseball, And As It Turns Out, It Was Baseball Gripping Us.

4 seam grip ~ but who has who?

Let That Passion Take You To A Lifetime Of Memories And Experiences, That Money Cannot Buy!



How Will You Measure Up?

How will you measure up

As a player, you are always being measured by various standards.

The Houston Astros second baseman, Jose Altuve, is 5'6" tall and weighs 175 pounds.

He certainly does not fit the prototypical body that the MLB is looking for.

This particular standard is not something over which you have any control. You will be as big, or small, as your genes determine you to be.

So, if you are average to below average in this measured category, what do you do?

Stop worrying about how big you will become, take charge of the things you are in complete control of:


  • How strong you are.


  • Your desire.


  • Your effort.


  • Coachability


  • Work ethic.


Altuve wins batting title



  • 225 hits, MLB best.


  • 56 stolen bases, AL best.


  • .341 batting average, AL best


  • 69 multiple hit games, MLB best.


  • Joins legend Ty Cobb as only player in MLB history to record 225 hits, 47 doubles and 56 stolen bases.



The Only Thing Between You And Your Goals Is The Story You Keep Telling Yourself!




A True Classic

Fenway Park ~ home to the Boston Red Sox since 1912

If you located this paragraph, then you probably have had, or currently do have, the "dream". That vision of playing in a stadium the magnitude of Fenway or Wrigley, or a modern day version of the dream, which places you in one of the 28 other stadiums of major league baseball.

Who hasn't dreampt of standing on that mound looking in for the sign, digging into the batter's box in anticipation of turning around a 95 mph fastball, backhanding a ground ball deep in the hole and throwing the runner out at first, or leaping up at the outfield wall to steal a homerun.

As you circle the bases of the ole ballgame, you will find tried and tested ways to improve your game or enhance your coaching experience, all designed to help take you one step closer to your "dream".

Fenway Park has been home to The Boston Red Sox since 1912, making it the oldest major league ballpark in use, with only a few changes since it opened. Along with Wrigley Field, home of The Chicago Cubs, they are the last remaining classic ballparks in major league baseball.

One of the games most notable landmarks, the GREEN MONSTER was part of the original ballpark construction. Painted green in 1947, this 37'2" high, left field wall, was aptly nicknamed.

Fenway was also home to Ted Williams, who played his entire career in Boston. Williams was the last major league player to hit .400, which he did in 1941.

Entering the last day of the '41 season, Williams was hitting .3995, which would have rounded up to .400.

His manager, Joe Cronin, told him he could sit out the double-header scheduled for that day. Williams played, going 6 for 8, ending the season at .406. He would later say that it would have felt like cheating, if he sat out.

The true spirit of the game, and not surprisingly, a great approach to life.



 
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What Can I Do Today That Takes Me One Step Closer To My Mission!



In Their Own Words

Do Something Today That Your Future Self Will Thank You For!

Which One Will Develop The Better Fastball?

For sure you are hopelessly addicted to coaching when, no matter who shows up, you pick up a baseball and begin to work on something.

The love of baseball is universal.  You have to admire their enthusiasm.


Pitch In For Baseball

pitch in for baseball

Pitch in for baseball's mission: to help kids and make friends all over the world by sharing the great game of baseball.

PITCH IN FOR BASEBALL collects, and gives, baseball equipment and other assistance to young people in underserved communities around the globe.

Please click the link above to learn more about this wonderful non-profit organization. It is worth the "click", just to see their website.

Yours in baseball,


Rick





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Their Secret To Success?

Cracker Jack

First introduced at the Chicago Worlds Fair in 1893. Cracker Jack started, in 1912, including prizes in the box, when toys were inserted in every pack.

A complete set of 176 prize, Cracker Jack baseball cards, once sold for $800,000.

The secret to their long lasting success of 115 years? A prize in every box.




 


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