Feeling A Draft

Baseball Scouting and the First 50 Years of the Amateur Player Draft

by Frederick J Day & Raymond J McKenna



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 11/18/2021

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 408
ISBN : 9781663231703
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 408
ISBN : 9781663231710
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 408
ISBN : 9781663231697

About the Book

Feeling A Draft takes a comprehensive look at the origins of Major League Baseball’s amateur player draft and the many twists and turns the draft has taken since it was instituted in 1965. The book delves into the mysteries of why some “can’t miss” prospects fail to make an impact while other unheralded players carve out a place in the pantheon of baseball stars. In telling the story of the amateur player draft, Feeling A Draft presents the heretofore untold stories of the many baseball scouts who have scoured the country in search of those special athletes capable of achieving success at the Major League level.

About the Author

Fred Day is a lawyer engaged in private practice in Falls Church, Virginia. He is a graduate of Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island. He holds a master’s degree in political economics from the University of Albany - State University of New York and a law degree from George Washington University, Washington, D.C. In his first year of Little League ball, Day hit .422. When he later encountered pitchers who were throwing curveballs, his average plummeted. As Mantle and Maris chased Babe Ruth’s home run record in 1961, Day turned to writing accounts of baseball games. He has been writing ever since. He is the author of five books, including Of Mice and Miracles: An American Educator’s Story (2014); Dream Team: Saints and Gentle Souls From the World of Sports (2007); Sports and Courts: An Introduction to Principles of Law and Legal Theory Using Cases From Professional Sports (2005); and Clubhouse Lawyer: Law in the World of Sports (2004). Ray McKenna is a Washington, D.C.-based attorney who lives with his wife, Shawn, their seven children, and two German Shepherds in Alexandria, Virginia. A life-long baseball fan, McKenna is founder and president of Catholic Athletes for Christ, a sports ministry that serves professional and collegiate athletes, including all major league baseball teams. During his 30-year legal career spanning both the government and the private sectors, McKenna has served as General Counsel of the General Services Administration from 2001 to 2004, legal counsel for the Chief Administrative Officer of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2001 and as an attorney-advisor at the U.S. Department of Justice in the 1980s.