Lillie News, Wally Wakefield, sports columnist
You have to get a copy. Me, trying to explain the “copy,” along with the pictures, will not do it justice. But this is a book not just about baseball, it is about life. It talks a lot about kids, but it has a big, grown-up message. I know one thing. I’m not letting go of my copy. I just wonder, “Will Gordy make me buy it before he signs it?”
Pioneer Press, Mary Ann Grossman, Book Critic
The term Baseball Guy has nothing to do with gender says author Gordy Jones in his action packed colorful baseball book for children.
July 25, 2006 – St. Paul, Minn.
St. Paul Pioneer Press, Charley Walters, Sports Writer
“Baseball Guy,” a children’s book by St. Paul’s Gordy Jones that includes anecdotes from [Dave] Winfield and [Paul] Molitor, will be released at the National Baseball Hall of Fame Museum during inductions in Cooperstown, N.Y., on Sunday [July 30, 2006], then at the Metrodome.”
Gordy Jones is shown here at the The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. A special early edition of BG was printed so that Baseball Guy, The Book, could make it’s debut at the 2006 Induction Ceremony. It continues to sell at the Hall of Fame’s gift shop, in their catalogues, and on their official web site.
Gordy was lucky enough to spend an afternoon with Yankee great, “Clete Boyer” before his passing.
Gordy is very grateful how supportive Joe Mauer, Bill Mauer, and the
entire Mauer family has been of Baseball Guy.
Mayor Chris Coleman accepts a copy of Baseball Guy as
gift to the City of St Paul from author Gordy Jones
US Senator Norm Coleman on Baseball Guy
Gordy and his good buddy Lew Ford at Twinsfest 2007
A portion of Baseball Guy’s proceeds go to helping children through the Twins’ Community Fund. Gordy Jones is shown above handing a check to Kevin Smith of the Minnesota Twins in front of the World Series Championship trophies at Twins offices in Minneapolis.
Gordy Jones and former Twin Al Newman.
Michael Cuddyer and Nick Punto are a couple of real Baseball Guys!
Pat Proft, screen writer and author of many classic hits such as Police Squad, Naked Gun movies, Police Acedemy movies, Scary Movie 3 and 4, Real Genius, Hot Shots, Wrongfully Accused and much more is a baseball fan and a reader of Baseball Guy.
The great comedian and Saint Paul native
Louie Anderson is a big fan of The Baseball Guy.
Gordy’s good friend, Marty Springstead, who umpired in the American League through 3 decades, from the 60′s to the 80′s, has been a huge supporter of Baseball Guy. Marty is now Supervisor of MLB Umpires. By Marty’s request, Gordy has written a children’s book about umpires which will be released next year.
Wrestling announcer Mean Gene is a fan of Baseball Guy but wanted to know when wrestling guy will be released.
Governor Tim Pawlenty said enjoys the book, Baseball Guy, and accepted a copy as a gift to the State of Minnesota which will be kept in the Governor’s Library at the state capitol.
Gordy’s good friend, Hall of Famer Paul Molitor contributed some words of wisdom to the afterward in Gordy’s book, Baseball Guy.
Former NHL star and Wild Broadcaster, Brad Bomardier, encouraged Gordy to write a children’s hockey story which will be published in the near future.
CBS personality/voice talent and Gopher broadcaster Dave Lee recorded the audio CD which is included with the book. A child may follow along and turn the page at the crack of the bat.