”The Comeback Kid,” the third book in the Mickey Baker fictional sports series is nearing release shortly after Thanksgiving. This book follows “Championship Expectations” and “Playoff Run.” “The Comeback Kid” is an eight month athletic adventure for Mickey and his West River HS teammates. It begins in the late summer with the American Legion State Playoffs and continues as their senior years finds them competing for conference championships in football and basketball.
Unlike the initial two books in the series, “The Comeback Kid” is a novelette (217 pages). Several schools are using “Championship Expectations” and “Playoff Run” as part of their reading curriculum and hopefully “The Comeback Kid” will follow that path.
Jim’s dual biography, “Josh and Josh, Small Towns and Big Leagues is available on the Tate Publishing website and on Jim’s website. Jim can also be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
QC SCOUT SPENDS HIS OFF-SEASON WRITING
by Steve Batterson (Quad City Times)
On the baseball diamond or on pages filled with the written word, Jim Pransky has always enjoyed a good story. A professional baseball scout, the Davenport resident now spends his offseason crafting stories of his own to share. In recent years, Pransky has had multiple short stories published in online publications, most written during the three months or so when he isn’t on the road searching for baseball’s next big thing. And now he has become a published author
Pransky’s first book , “Championship Expectations,”was released earlier this month by Tate Publishing and can also be found on Amazon and JimPransky.tateauthor.com. ” Playoff Run” can now be found on the Tate Publishing Website (by Steve Batterson, email@example.com
Jim would definitely be interested in speaking to coaches and youth teams about possible fund raising activities using his books.
“I grew up in rural Pennsylvania, similar to the book’s environment. My home was in the northwest part of the state, only six miles from the New York State border. My small hometown of Eldred was very similar to the other towns in McKean and Potter County; Port Allegany, Smethport, Coudersport, etc.
Current: Professional Baseball Scout, Tampa Bay Rays
Education: B.S. Education, Clarion University, Clarion, Pa.
M.S. Education, Saint Bonaventure University, St. Bonaventure, N.Y.
“Championship Expectations” is now available on this website, Tate Publishing website and Amazon.com. Book two of the series, “Playoff Run” is now available on the Tate Publishing website. My third book, a dual biography about two small town athletes who fought their way to the major leagues (Josh and Josh, Small Towns and Big Leagues) is in the publishing process and should be available in the late spring/early summer 2013.
When I was a youngster, I loved to read both the “Chip Hilton” and “Bronc Burnett” series of stories. Both series were about a star teenage athlete who along with some lifelong friends and teammates competed in several different sports, always facing rugged competition and the challenges young people are confronted with as they grow.
Most people, when they found out I was writing a book, assumed it would be about scouting and/or professional baseball. Hopefully, those books will be written in the near future. I loved those Hilton and Burnett books and have such fond memories of playing youth sports that I felt compelled to write a fictional baseball story about those times in a young person’s life.
Professional Baseball Career:
Scout, Houston Astros-1991-1997. I signed two players while scouting with the Astros who eventually made it to the big leagues, pitchers Jason Green and Tim Hamulack. I also was an assistant coach in 1996 with the Quad City River Bandits, an Astros’ affiliate in the Midwest League.
Scout, Oakland A’s-1997-2005: I also was the hitting coach for our short season club in Medford, Oregon in the summer of 1998. Four players from that club made it to the major leagues; Tyler Yates, Oscar Salazar, Jason Hart and Eric Byrnes. I signed six players as an A’s scout who ended up as big leaguers; pitchers John Rhinenecker, Neal Cotts, Jeff Gray and Shane Komine and first basemen Jason Hart and Dan Johnson.
Professional Scout, Tampa Bay Rays-2005-present
Head Baseball Coach at Saint Bonaventure University from 1982-1984 (three seasons). Assistant coach at George Washington University from 1985-1986. Players on that GWU team included Gregg Ritchie, currently the hitting coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates and John Flaherty, who played 14 years in the big leagues. Head coach at Quincy University (Il.) from 1989-1991 before starting my career in professional baseball.”
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