I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Mr. Bob Salomon co-creator of “A Glove of Their Own”.
Our conversation was one that covered all aspects of the sports world: business, the state of the game, and little things we miss in the hustle and bustle of today's fast- paced, media-driven era that we now live in.
As we get older we tend to lose focus on the pure things that the game of baseball offers. We forget this was a game we played as kids for the fun of it, before the unions took over, before the strikes occurred and before it became a business.
As children, we played the game of baseball for the love of the game. To get out on that field and play a game with our friends strictly for winning and bragging rights! No one at that age is thinking about where their next endorsement is coming from or how many millions their next contract will be.
When we get older and our skills diminish we tend to “pay it forward,” passing on the message and qualities of the game to our children or the next generation of players following in footsteps that have blazed the trail before them.
A Glove of Their Own is the winner of the Benjamin Franklin Children’s Book Award and finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Award, and Foreword Magazine Book of the Year. Its purpose focuses on helping the less fortunate in their time of need with kindness and courtesy of those who can.
It brings you back to the days of backyard baseball, playing catch with your dad, living for that one last at-bat and one last chance to strikeout your best friend who at that time is your mortal enemy.
It’s not just me that has embraced the story.
Bob Salomon and his team's vision has caught the eye of some of the biggest names in baseball; Craig Biggio, Bernie Williams, Tommy John and Mr. Niekro (pictured above) to name a few. And why not, “a message to give to those in a time of need,” sounds great to me.
This book truly delivers on the message of giving as proceeds from the book are donated to organizations so that children can have a glove of their own.
For anyone interested in getting more information about “A Glove of Their Own,” visit their website here.
Devon is the founder of The GM’s Perspective