Your Words. Your Story.

American Sports Lives

They call from ESPN and Fox Sports to talk to you about the legends – Mattingly, Montana, Magic – that you played with and against. But if you made it to the big show for a decade, a season, even a game, then yours is a great story, too. You have a story that people want to know – whether your kids, your grandkids, or your hometown Athletic Hall of Fame. With American Sports Lives, you can get your story down on paper, in your own words, and into book form.

Your book would not be sold in stores or in any way marketed commercially, unless that’s what you want. Instead the book is an investment on your part in preserving favorite stories and lessons of your life for your children, your children’s children, and hopefully many more generations after that.

At American Sports Lives, we love sports, we love people, and we love hearing people’s stories. In particular, we recognize that for every Mickey Mantle, there’s a Mickey Rivers, Mickey Lolich, Mickey Klutts, or Mickey Tettleton, each with a great contribution to their sport and a great story to tell to their family and community.

We especially love the “lifers” who spend decades in their sport, managing and coaching in the minors, at the collegiate level, or through camps and clinics. We recognize the truth in Jim Bouton’s famous quote, "You spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time." We didn’t even qualify for a “cup of coffee,” but we understand Bouton’s quote just the same!

Our first two publications – Dugout Days, about the managerial life of Billy Martin, and Ain’t No Sense Worryin’, a humorous memoir written with Mickey Rivers – were both labors of love involving interviews with countless baseball men, from Hall of Famers to utility guys. We were drawn especially to the stories of perseverance and camaraderie that we heard over and over. We were also humbled to learn how deeply the books impacted members of both Billy’s and Mickey’s families.

It was that impact on family members that inspired American Sports Lives. We can help you document your story of success against all odds – after all, the odds of making it to the top in sports is essentially 0% -- from Little League and Pop Warner to the very top. We’ll help you document the games, the friends, the injuries, the coaches and managers, the legends you met, and the obstacles you overcame. It’s not about bragging, it’s about telling a story members of your family (or maybe your town) know.

Just think, the audience for this book won’t be nameless fans, it will be members of your own family! Maybe 50 years from now, one of your stories will inspire a family member to work hard, have faith, and hang tough, whether in a sport, a job, or just life itself.

Why not tell your American Sports Life today? It’s easier than facing down a Nolan Ryan fastball and less painful than being hit by Dick Butkus.