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Charlie LaDuca has written “Baseball is Life is Baseball: Winning on and off the Field.”

Local High School coach and Senior League baseball player Charlie LaDuca has written a book. “Baseball is Life is Baseball: Winning on and off the Field” was inspired by a magical baseball season culminating in a State Championship.

The lessons learned along the way serve as a recipe for success both on and off the field. The author uses his vast experience as a coach teacher, and player to list the ingredients, and proper blending of them necessary to guarantee success.

This is not a book of baseball fundamentals. It is about the many qualities other than fundamentals needed to take your team and life to the next level. Interwoven with detailed practical information, are stories and experiences bringing these qualities to life.

Readers will find themselves laughing, and perhaps crying as you take this journey designed to lift you up and bring out your best.

Many local readers will recognize people, places and events in chapter after chapter, as they have in many instances formed the basis for this book. Local coaches, umpires, sports writers and radio announcers are just a few of those highlighted. Details of State Championships at Pine Valley and Fredonia Central Schools will bring back memories for many readers.

Local baseball players will relate to stories of Charlie competing in local and national senior tournaments across the country. The many ups and downs we all experience when competing will be very familiar. The many lifelong friends I met along the way have made this journey a blessing.

“Baseball is Life is Baseball: Winning on and off the Field” is available on Amazon in both paperback and kindle versions. You can always contact LaDuca at to receive an autographed copy.

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