During eight seasons of major league baseball, pitcher Dave Dravecky learned more than the importance of getting ahead in the count or wasting a pitch when he had the batter in the hole with an 0-2 count. Baseball taught him lessons he could apply to his life and his relationship with God. Thats what Called Up is about. In this fast-moving and compelling book, Dravecky retells classic baseball stories and introduces readers to some of baseballs greatest playersand characters. Taking you inside the game, his insights will prompt you to think. Youll actually feel the tension, for instance, as you relive the final three outs in Sandy Koufaxs electrifying no-hitter against the Chicago Cubs in 1965. And as you consider the huge odds Koufax faced, youll be encouraged about your own performance in this pressure-cooker world. In life, unlike baseball, no one pitches a no-hitterand thanks to Gods grace, you dont have to. Filled with well-researched stories and spiritual insights, along with hilarious quotes from the players, Called Up also tells you about: Branch Rickeys secret ambition to integrate Major League baseball how Jackie Robinsons faith sustained him in 1947, the year he broke the color barrier why freezing Ted Williams body so he can one day be resurrected doesnt make sense the wit, wisdom, and spiritual truths behind Yogi Berras sayings Draveckys all-time, all-century, best-ever All-Star team the challenges Dravecky faced living out his Christian faith in front of his teammates God doesnt waste any pitches when it comes to teaching you about life from the game of baseball. Youll love the breezy stories, the quick applications, the timeless thoughts and funny quotes in Called Up. Are you ready for the first pitch? Goodbecause the umpire is yelling, Play ball!
Dave Dravecky is the best-selling author of eight inspirational books, including his gripping story, Comeback. He and his wife, Jan, live in Denver, Colorado, where Endurance, his ministry to encourage those who are facing serious illness, loss or depression, is located.
Mike Yorkey is the author, co-author, editor, or collaborator of one hundred books. He has written for The Los Angeles Times travel section, Skiing, Tennis Week, World Tennis, City Sports, and Racquet. He lives in Encinitas, California.