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If You Love This Game . . .
If You Love This Game . . .

If You Love This Game . . .

An MVP's Life in Baseball
By Andre Dawson, By Alan Maimon

SPORTS & RECREATION

240 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Cloth, PDF, EPUB, Mobipocket

Cloth, $24.95 (US $24.95) (CA $27.95)

ISBN 9781600787003

Rights: WOR

Triumph Books (May 2012)

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Overview

The jouney of the Hawk to the Baseball Hall of Fame
Reflecting on his accomplishments, his colleagues, and the future of baseball, Andre Dawson tells the story of his four-decade career as a player and executive in this intimate memoir. Seriously injured at a young age, Dawson struggled with chronic pain throughout his career and was only seriously scouted by the Montreal Expos during college. Overcoming these odds, he went on to be named the National League Rookie of the Year in 1977, earn eight All-Star appearances, seven Gold Gloves, and a Most Valuable Player Award. This behind-the-scenes look at a dedicated player's journey from a segregated Miami neighborhood to the fabled halls of Cooperstown offers fans a window into the psyche of a fan favorite.

Author Biography

Andre Dawson is a former Major League Baseball player who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010 after a 20-year career with the Chicago Cubs. He lives in Miami, Florida. Alan Maimon is a reporter for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He lives in Las Vegas.

Media

If You Love This Game... was reviewed on the Bugs and Cranks baseball blog.
Andre Dawson, author of If You Love This Game was interviewed on "The Bald Faced Truth" on KXTG Radio.
Andre Dawson, author of If You Love This Game, interviews on "The Will Stephens Show" on WXAN-FM.
If You Love This Game was positively reviewed in the South Bend Tribune.
If You Love This Game was mentioned on WNDU-TV in South Bend, Indiana.
If You Love This Game was featured in the Du Quoin Evening Call
If You Love This Game was featured in the Telegraph Herald in Dubuque.
Alan Maimon, co-author of If You Love This Game, interviews on "The Pat Williams Show" on WYGM-AM in Orlando, FL. 
If You Love This Game was featured in the Lake County News-Sun in conjunction with Andre Dawson's book signing in Vernon Hills.
Andre Dawson, author of If You Love This Game, interviews on the Don Wade & Roma Show on 890 WLS-AM at 8:00 AM CT.

Book Signings

Past Events


Jul
02
Andre Dawson - If You Love This Game ›
Vernon Hills, IL
7:00pm
May
09
Andre Dawson - If You Love This Game ›
Winnetka, IL
7:30pm
May
08
Andre Dawson - If You Love This Game ›
Naperville, IL
7:00pm
Apr
17
Andre Dawson - If You Love This Game ›
Miami, FL
5:30pm

Press Releases

If You Love This Game:

An MVP's Life in Baseball

By Andre Dawson with Alan Maimon

 

Contact: Bill Ames, Independent Publishers Group, 312.337.0747, ext. 326, bames@ipgbook.com

 

From the early days of his baseball career in Montreal, to a brilliant 1987 NL MVP campaign to his eventual induction into the Hall of Fame in 2010, Chicago Cubs legend Andre Dawson has devoted much of his life to his love of baseball.  Dawson writes of his treasured time as a Cubs player, his favorite moments and the chronic pain from injuries that he had to deal with on a day-to-day basis in his brand-new autobiography, If You Love This Game: An MVP's Life in Baseball.

 

After growing up in Miami, the biggest dilemma that Dawson faced was getting major league baseball teams to even give him a look.  When the Montreal Expos finally afforded him that opportunity, Dawson seized the moment and made a splash into Major League Baseball that would leave an indelible mark on his eventual legacy.  Dawson shares many of these early stories and the most memorable of his baseball career, including:

 

  • How a serious injury at a young age affected the rest of his baseball career
  • Becoming the unlikely National League Rookie of the Year in 1977
  • Finishing runner-up for the National League MVP in 1981 and 1983
  • The intriguing story of how he eventually signed with the Chicago Cubs
  • The 2010 call to tell him that he was inducted into the Hall of Fame after nine years on the ballot

 

This endearing story of perseverance and determination in If You Love This Game: An MVP's Life in Baseball sheds a new light on both the memorable performances he achieved as a ballplayer and the trials and tribulations Dawson faced day in and day out all while maintaining an outstanding level of production.  As an eight-time all-star, Dawson hit 438 career home runs while collecting 1,591 RBIs.  The Hall of Fame slugger certainly holds an incredible individual record of excellence over the course of his 21-year career.

 

Dawson, with his notable humble personality, lays it all on the line and shares stories and insights about playing through the pain and what goes on between teammates as they played together for months at a time each season.  Dawson lived out his dream by playing baseball and doing it at an exceptionally high level.  He accomplished many remarkable goals, fought through the hard times and inspires others to do the same in If You Love This Game: An MVP's Life in Baseball.

 

About the Co-Author:

Alan Maimon is a journalist, author and researcher whose newspaper work has included a series about the court system in Kentucky that was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize in Public Service. He started his professional writing career as a news assistant and sportswriter in the Berlin bureau of The New York Times. He is a Philadelphia native, a graduate of Brown University and the author of Shane Victorino: The Flyin' Hawaiian.

 

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