Author Gary Caruso, a product of the Marietta College baseball program, has an insider’s perspective on one of the nations most successful athletic programs in any division. Five National Championships, including one in 2011 set The ‘Etta Express apart from other programs.
The Division III Pioneers have sent over 45 players to the major leagues including Kent Tekulve, Jim Tracy and Terry Mulholland.
Caruso effectively weaves his way in and out of the role of Marietta College Baseball historian, which gives the book a personal feel.
Don Schaly coached the Pioneers from 1963 to 2003 with a winning percentage of over .814. Schaly’s hard-nosed coaching style on the diamond and the life lessons taught to his players are examined in the pages and brought to life by his former players. Schaly passed away shortly after retirement.
Giving the stories life are first hand accounts of big game situations from the players who were there in the trenches.
Get inside their heads as they were saddled with the pressures of carrying on the rich baseball tradition of Marietta College.
The roads to the championship seasons weren’t always an easy travel. Caruso’s ability to bring you into the game to feel the dirt under your feet is magnified by his attention to detail. There are enough statistics in the book to keep “numbers guys” interested without becoming stiff or lifeless for the casual reader or baseball fan.
In a day and time when collegiate athletics are constantly under the microscope for violations and unscrupulous methods, this book is a refreshing look at what student-athletes should be and captures the essence of the game of baseball.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Gary Caruso is a career sports journalist and is the most well known Atlanta Braves historians. He ahas authored The Braves Encyclopedia and Turner Field: Rarest of Diamonds.
He also is the co-author of Behind the Plate, the autobiography of former Atlanta Braves catcher Javy Lopez, released by Triumph Books in spring 2012. Pick up a copy of Marietta College Baseball: The Story of the ‘Etta Express at Amazon.com.