The C’s

COMPREHENSION: Mike Jirschele

In a world where understanding can be one of the most difficult things to grasp, a certain Royal understood the game of baseball so intently that many of us wouldn’t have even thought to recognize. The particular Royal isn’t your common household name, but has had a huge impact on the Royals’ success: Mike Jirschele. This month’s “C” word is COMPREHENSION, which, in the “C” You In The Major Leagues vernacular includes someone who applies … Read more

COMPREHENSION: Monty & Mac

This month’s “C” word is COMPREHENSION, which, in the “C” You In The Major Leagues vernacular includes someone who applies instruction, has a strong aptitude, makes adjustments at appropriate times, and has the ability to adjust quickly. When thinking about that definition in regards to baseball, many players and instances come to mind. There are in-game moments, when a batter hits to the opposite field and beats the shift, for instance. Then there are those … Read more

CONCENTRATION: Mark Gubicza

This month’s “C” word is CONCENTRATION. In “C” You In The Major Leagues’ vernacular, CONCENTRATION is a person who has the ability to focus; hones instincts; prepares with a purpose. Any player who’s been successful in the major leagues could check off CONCENTRATION as a character trait. That’s especially true for pitchers. In Royals’ history, one who sticks out as much as any other is Mark Gubicza. A full version of this story about Gubicza … Read more

CONCENTRATION: Ken Dugan and the ’71 Bisons

This month’s “C” word is CONCENTRATION. In “C” You In The Major Leagues’ definition, CONCENTRATION is a person who has the ability to focus; hones instincts; prepares with a purpose. What happens when an entire team shares that CONCENTRATION? It doesn’t happen often, but this is a chance for me to brag a little on my alma mater, Lipscomb University, and one of my heroes, long-time baseball coach Ken Dugan, who died in 2000. About … Read more

CHARACTER: Rick Monday and the Flag

This month’s “C” word has been CHARACTER. You could say it’s the “C” flagship of what we do as a foundation, and how we all want to act. In the CYITML lexicon, traits of CHARACTER: Applies moral principles; Learns from mistakes; Accepts responsibility; and Respects individuals. There aren’t many instances in Major League Baseball history that speak to CHARACTER better than what happened 42 years ago this week, on April 25, 1976. That’s the day … Read more

CHARACTER: Dayton Moore on what it means

This month’s “C” word has been CHARACTER. In the CYITML lexicon, traits of CHARACTER: Applies moral principles; Learns from mistakes; Accepts responsibility; and Respects individuals. Periodically throughout the year, we’ll get more in-depth with CYITML Founder and Executive Director Dayton Moore about that month’s word. Since CHARACTER is such a big part of how we approach our work with the foundation, and the way each of us should approach life, it seems to be a … Read more

CARE: Les Hunter

This has been a funny month, as we’ve focused on our “C” word of CARE, which, in the “C” You In The Major Leagues’ dictionary includes: puts others first; evaluates everyone honestly; understands everyone’s impact. Earlier this month, because of his former team reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time ever, we featured ex-Lipscomb coach, Don Meyer. This week, because of the unlikely run of his alma mater, we’re featuring a previously published article … Read more

CARE: John Wooden

A lot can be said about timing. This week’s post, because of the NCAA Tournament and the fact that CARE is this month’s “C” word, has been scheduled to focus on John Wooden and the following sections from previously published story. Last week’s post, which wasn’t planned until Lipscomb University earned its first trip to the NCAA Tournament, featured legendary college basketball coach, Don Meyer. When I was working on my first book, which included … Read more

CARE: Don Meyer

This month’s “C” word is CARE. In the “C” You In The Major Leagues definition, CARE includes: puts others first; evaluates everyone honestly; understands everyone’s impact. Obviously it applies on and off the field or court – player, coach, boss, mother, father, it doesn’t matter. Early this year, when we planned the 2018 “C” words for each month, we didn’t really imagine Lipscomb University would be making its first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament, after … Read more

CARE: Jim Dickey

It’s funny how life works sometimes. This month’s “C” word is CARE. In the “C” You In The Major Leagues definition, CARE includes: puts others first; evaluates everyone honestly; understands everyone’s impact. Although I have a few people in mind who embody CARE on and off the field, I wasn’t completely sure who’d be featured this week. But then I came across an article that life-long Kansas Citian and longtime sports anchor, Dave Stewart, wrote … Read more

COACH: Herb Brooks (via Ken Morrow) Part 2

There aren’t many sporting events that have stuck with Americans as a whole as much as the U.S. Olympic hockey team’s win over the Soviet Union in 1980, and then subsequent gold medal win over Finland two days later. This month’s CYITML “C” word has COACH, which is someone who understands the game; is an independent thinker; a good self-evaluator; and offers enthusiasm. That can apply to our daily lives at home or at work, … Read more

COACH: Herb Brooks (via Ken Morrow), Part 1

There aren’t many sporting events that have stuck with Americans as a whole as much as the U.S. Olympic hockey team’s win over the Soviet Union in 1980, and then subsequent gold medal win over Finland two days later. For those of us of a certain age, it’s one of those “I know where I was when…” moments. Keep in mind, for historical perspective, this was a seemingly simple hockey game between a bunch of … Read more

COACH: Nick Foles

There’s an old thought in the publishing world — books, magazines, newspapers, whatever — that after a major sports event is finished, unless you’re in the winning team’s city, you move on. Or, unless you’re talking about Nick Foles. This month’s CYITML “C” word is COACH, which is someone who understands the game; is an independent thinker; a good self-evaluator; and offers enthusiasm. Is there a position that understands that definition better than a backup … Read more

COACH: Rocky Bleier

In the CYITML lexicon, COACH isn’t necessarily a “coach” in the general sense. Here it’s someone on the field, at the office, or at home, who understands the game; is an independent thinker; a good self-evaluator; and offers enthusiasm. A former Super Bowl champion that comes to mind is Rocky Bleier, who was part of the great Pittsburgh Steelers teams of the 1970s. His story has been told and retold countless times (and will be … Read more

Hancock offers wonderful lessons with “Blue Moth”

A blue moth. It sounds innocent enough. Harmless. Not tough enough to be a hero such as the Green Hornet, but certainly a loveable underdog in a Saturday morning cartoon. Except in Bill Hancock’s life. The blue moth was unsafe. Malicious. Tainted. The blue moth was the best way for Hancock to describe and deal with the grief of losing a son. Dave Matthews sang about it in one of his solo songs: “You should … Read more

“C” coach Holley gets win #900

It’s one of those great stories that sticks with you. Years and years ago, when they both were in the NAIA, rivals William Jewell and Rockhurst were playing a best two-of-three conference basketball tournament that would decide which team would go to the NAIA national tournament. One of Rockhurst’s best players was a senior All-American and 1964 NAIA tournament Hustle Award winner named Ralph Telken, who was a tenacious defender. Crazy might be a better … Read more

CARE: Scott Shannon

Our “C” word for November is CARE. In the CYITML definition, someone who exhibits CARE: Puts others first; evaluates everyone honestly; understands everyone’s impact. This past summer, one of our final “C” You At The “K” groups was from Kansas RBI. Specifically, it was the team on which “Dash” Vaughn, a 17-year-old who was killed in a drive-by shooting in early August, played. As I talked to the group about the speakers they were about … Read more

COMMITMENT: Billy Mills

This month’s “C” word is COMMITMENT, which, in the “C” You In The Major Leagues lexicon means that a person has a strong work ethic; is not easily distracted; prepares accordingly; and prioritizes. Fifty-three years ago Saturday, on Oct. 14, 1964, former University of Kansas runner, Billy Mills, saw a dream come true. But it was a dream fulfilled only by his COMMITMENT. The young man sat at the open hotel window, glaring down at … Read more