Small Town Ball, Big League Dreams
Before a college ballplayer can make it to the Majors, they've got to prove to coaches, scouts, and most importantly themselves, that they have what it takes. The Clarinda A's baseball team, and the small Iowa town that hosts it, has the unlikely distinction of not just developing that kind of talent, but of fostering hard work, integrity and responsibility in the process.
- Michael Tackett is an editor in the Washington bureau of the New York Times. He is the author of The Baseball Whisperer: A Small-Town Coach Who Shaped Big League Dreams.