Lawrence D. Hogan is an internationally known authority on the history of Negro League Baseball and has a touring exhibit on the subject that has traveled nationwide. He is also the author of several books including: The Forgotten History of African American Baseball and Shades of Glory, which was commissioned by the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum. He is the Executive Director of the acclaimed documentary “Before You Can Say Jackie Robinson: Black Baseball in America in the Era of the Color Lines.” Dr. Hogan is also a Senior Professor of History at Union County College in New Jersey.
I enthusiastically approve of the Lil Diamonds program! Baseball and boxing drills are similar because they involve consistent training of the body and mind by multiple repetitions. To achieve improvements in your skill set, a portion of your training must be devoted to improving those skills in a structured way. Lil Diamonds is an excellent beginner’s baseball book because it combines understanding the game of baseball, focusing on fundamentals, and providing repetitive drills for constant improvement. Lil Diamonds is a youth baseball knock out!
Current trainer for WBC champion Dillian Whyte. Previously co-trainer with Emanuel Steward, for Lenox Lewis, three-time World Heavyweight Champion. Professional accomplishments: Boxing Pro Record of 19-1 (15 Knockouts), USBA Junior Lightweight Champion and inducted into the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame.
I highly recommend this book to all parents of young children interested in playing baseball and to Little League coaches as well. It gives great demonstration and instruction of the fundamentals needed to learn the game and to improve the skills and odds of success of your player. And it shows them how to have fun at the same time!
I saw all the love and time that Reggie spent writing and publishing this book. He took the best of his personal experience as a professional ball player, and the coaching and guidance he received from his Dad and all of his coaches along his path to teach youngsters how to play the game. It’s also an easy read!
The amount of success in one household is a true testament to my dad’s commitment and dedication to giving his three sons the competitive edge to compete and succeed in baseball. He knew the importance of having fun while practicing baseball. I decided to take the instruction I learned from my dad to write Lil Diamonds – Baseball Gems in the Making. The Lil Diamond program is designed to make your child successful while playing baseball and have loads of fun doing it!
Learning how to win is #1
Consistently drilling is #2
#3 There will be setbacks on the path to success. Your love and encouragement will help them on their path.
#4 As long as your kid achieves success on the field, he/she will have fun and then they’ll want to practice, do drills and keep playing.
These are the same principles I have followed day in and day out that led me to get drafted by the Seattle Mariners and the Pittsburgh Pirates.