Goose Gossage and the Grassroots Game

I’ve had the good fortune of a long and enjoyable career in baseball. Over the course of 33 years, I have met many people from all walks of life who share my passion for the game.

During my first season with the Yankees in 1989, general manager Bob Quinn made a key waiver claim on August 10. We were not a great team and his pickup had nothing to do with how we would finish the season. However for me, it was the start of a 30-year friendship with a guy whose love for the grassroots game is unparalleled. Goose Gossage was returning to the South Bronx...

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South Side of Chicago

He is ALWAYS there. Every game. Todd Prince sets the tone and embodies the incredible civic pride, spirit and volunteerism that define Jackie Robinson West Little League.

Todd didn’t grow up far from Jackie Robinson Park on the south side of Chicago where the league plays its home games. He first became involved as a coach when his son had a desire to play baseball. As the seasons went on, he became more involved. Now 20 years later...

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Welcome to Grassroots Baseball!

It was spring 1971, my first season playing organized baseball.  Our late-afternoon practice had ended and the coach instructed the team to jog over to his car and line up in order of height.

He opened the trunk of his car, which was full of uniforms, socks and caps.When it was my turn, he handed me a grey button-down jersey and pants made of wool, green stirrups and a hat. I immediately put on my first baseball cap. I was officially a member of the Newton Central Little League Oakland A’s. I was beaming with pride. I was in love with baseball…

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