Brian Sheehan, local historian, who also authored a book on the history of Rushville basketball, is excited to announce that he is in the final stages of producing a book on local baseball called, “Take Me Out to the Ballpark.” Orders are now being taken.
The book’s primary focus is capturing the history of the local high school, but other baseball stories and tidbits dating back to 1895 will also be found.
“I had a great time playing baseball as a kid. Working on this book, brought back a lot of great memories and rekindled my love for the game. I was very fortunate to play on some very good teams, with some great players and even better friends. This book is dedicated to that group, along with their parents and the great summer days we all shared playing the game of baseball.”
The 200+ page book features: Season summaries, team pictures, individual and team records, top ten lists, individual statistics for players, Indiana All-Stars, coach’s statistics and other local baseball trivia.
Sheehan has been working with Winter’s Publishing in Greensburg to finalize the book, along with local graphic designer Darrin McGowan with McGowan Designs, who helped design the book’s front and back covers.
The cost of the book is $25. Pre-orders are encouraged and are now being accepted to insure that there are enough copies of the book to go around. To reserve your copy, send a check or money order for $25 ($29 if shipping is
needed) made out to the “Rush County Historical Society - Baseball Book” to: Brian Sheehan, 801 North Jackson Street, Rushville, IN 46173. All pre-orders will be guaranteed to receive a book once they arrive and will also help to provide the final piece of funding for printing. Sheehan is hoping to raise the necessary funds for printing in the next couple of weeks in order to have the book printed and available by early December. “At just $25, the
book will make an excellent Christmas present,” said Sheehan.
Sheehan reported that 100 books had already been reserved. Sheehan also wanted to publicly thank the Rush County Historical Society, The Joe Keith Family, Rush County Youth Baseball, Rushville St. Patrick’s Day, The Council
of Club’s Ball Diamond, the Emerald Group, Pavey’s Grocery, Scott Barne’s Gutter & Home Solutions and American Family Insurance for their generosity and financial support of the project.
All proceeds for the book will be donated to two local charities. “My hope is that we can sell out, like we did with the basketball history book. If that happens, we should be able to reimburse and grow the Historical
Society’s publishing fund and to raise money for youth baseball in Rush County,” said Sheehan.
“It is my hope that this book will provide entertainment and conversation to local baseball players and fans by celebrating the game, as well as, the players and the coaches who have participated over the years. I also hope the stats section will inspire the next generation of Lion baseball players to work hard, play hard and achieve the results that will put them on many of the top ten lists in the years to come.”
Any questions may be directed to Brian at 765-561-5193 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
‑ Rushville Republican