Shelf Life: Baseball and Family Bonds

Breaking in a glove, going to a game, Little League — baseball lends itself to creating traditions and fostering bonds between parent and child. In their new book, Glove Story: Fathers, Sons, and the American Pastime, local authors A.J. Carter and Mark Rosenman explore how baseball deeply influences familial relationships.

As someone who covered sports in New York for over 40 years, and who currently hosts and produces Sports-Talk-NY on WLIE 540 AM, Rosenman is an expert in his field. Co-host to Sports-Talk-NY, Carter is as well. He also spent 34 years with Newsday, including seven years as the paper’s deputy sports editor. Carter and Rosenman apply this extensive knowledge of players, fans, and influencers to draw out stories of baseball bringing families together.

Within Glove Story’s pages are moving, comical, and true accounts of baseball legends. Dodgers shortstop Maury Wills’ describes memories of his son practicing with team members Steve Garvey and Davey Lopes before games. Current Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell shares his life through the lens of a third-generation major leaguer, and how this distinction brought him, his father, and his grandfather closer together. Longtime New York Mets broadcaster Howie Rose reveals going so far as to feign sleep as a child, just so he could stay up a little later to watch televised baseball games beside his father. Among these stories, Rosenman also weaves in his own narrative, as he draws on baseball’s foundation to reconnect with his adult son.

A love letter to baseball and the ways it brings families together, Glove Story is an excellent post-Father’s-Day read.

Published by Press Box Publishing, Glove Story: Fathers, Sons, and the American Pastime, is now available exclusively on, in both paperback and Kindle formats.


Huntington Public Library Receives Rebate for Going Green

Huntington Public Library recently received a “big check” for $66,126 after participating in the PSEG Long Island Commercial Efficiency Program. The check represents the library’s efforts in upgrading their heating, cooling, ventilation, and refrigeration systems, as well as their replacement of fluorescent fixtures and incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient LEDs. With these changes, it is estimated that the library will save more than 175,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) and $31,500 a year on its electric bill.

“Huntington Library is saving money with an eye toward the future by reducing its kilowatt-hour usage,” said Michael Voltz, PSEG Long Island director of energy efficiency and renewables. “We congratulate and thank the board for reducing its carbon footprint and saving energy — doing its part to provide a safer, cleaner and greener environment for its community.”

Joanne Adam, library director, said, “The Library Board of Trustees and Administration express their gratitude on behalf of the taxpaying community for the generous rebate program PSEG Long Island offers to facilities like ours to make these types of energy saving conversions more cost effective for tight budgets.

For energy saving tips, as well as more information on PSEG Long Island’s available residential and commercial rebates and incentives, please visit supports literacy efforts. If you have book-related information you’d like to share, email Molly Prep.

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