Peter Kerasotis

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"Sometimes the people who don’t crave attention are the ones who deserve it the most. That’s Felipe Alou. He is one of the best and most caring teammates I ever had. I learned from him what leadership is all about and what it means to be a man. I admired him greatly, first as a fan, then as a teammate and now, most importantly, as a friend. Felipe has lived a Hall of Fame life and in Alou you’ll learn why"

 

Alou: My Baseball JourneyAlou: My Baseball Journey

By Peter Kerasotis
Publication Date: April 1, 2018

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I knew I had some gold nuggets going into this project with Felipe Alou, but I soon realized that I’d struck a goldmine. I keep hearing from people who have read “Alou: My Baseball Journey” that it’s more than a baseball book. And it is. This is incredible story of a kid who grew up in a 15×15-foot shack in the Dominican Republic and became the first man to leave that island and become a Major League Baseball player and manager, as well as the first Dominican to play in the World Series.

What makes this story more remarkable is that Felipe Alou was on track to become a doctor when baseball came calling. He was a track & field athlete attending the University of Santo Domingo when he make the Pan-Am Games in Mexico City in 1955. One of the baseball players on the Dominican team was kicked off and sent home for insubordination, and they came to Felipe, telling him they needed him more on the baseball team than track & field. He batted cleanup for the team and led them to the gold medal, beating the US in the process.

A scout saw him and came to the family home and offered him 200 pesos to sign a pro contract. Knowing that his struggling father owed the grocer 200 pesos, and also knowing that he was years away from becoming a doctor and helping his family financially, he signed for those 200 pesos. Two years later he was playing in the same San Francisco Giants outfield with Willie Mays. Soon his two younger brothers, Matty and Jesús, joined him. Later his son Moisés also became a major league players.

I’m extremely proud of this book. I think it’s some of my best work. When you combine good work with a great story you get a book that a lot of people have given positive reviews to.

 

79. Extreme Winning: 12 Keys to Unlocking the Winner Within YouExtreme Winning: 12 Keys to Unlocking The Winner Within You

By Peter Kerasotis
Publication Date: November 3, 2015

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I collaborated on Extreme Winning: 12 Keys to Unlocking the Winner Within You with Orlando Magic vice president Pat Williams, drawing on his experiences that span more than a half century in sports and sports management. Pat is a renowned motivational speaker and a fountainhead of knowledge and insight. If you look on the Orlando magazine tab on this website, you’ll see two magazine stories I wrote about him – one chronicling his prodigious reading habits (which won a Florida Magazine Association first place Charlie Award for best feature story) and another on Pat’s cancer battle. It was a pleasure working on this project with him.

What Pat has discovered, and I agree with him, is that winning has a broader meaning than a mark on a ledger after a competition. It isn’t just sports centric. It permeates sports, business, self and every aspect of life.

Extreme Winning is a very motivational book. I felt motivated just writing it. The book breaks down the 12 characteristics Pat has observed in all winners, and how they do them to an extreme. You can, too. Each characteristic is its own chapter:

1. Extreme Dreams
2. Extreme Preparation
3. Extreme Focus
4. Extreme Passion
5. Extreme Work
6. Extreme Responsibility
7. Extreme Attitude
8. Extreme Goals
9. Extreme Perseverance
10. Extreme Competition
11. Extreme Desire
12. Extreme Teamwork

My friend Bruce Bochy, the three-time World Series-winning manager, wrote the foreword.

 

79. Once A Coach, Always A CoachOnce A Coach, Always A Coach: The Life Journey of Thomas Errol Wasdin

By Peter Kerasotis
Publication Date: March 17, 2014

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America held little promise during the 1930′s, when the Great Depression vice gripped the country and a boy named Thomas Errol Wasdin was born into the hardscrabble farmland of Waldo, Florida. Wasdin was only months old when his mother died of blood poisoning. Soon afterward, he and his sister were sent to live with their Uncle and Aunt, who raised them with old-fashioned values rooted in discipline and hard work. These became character traits that served Wasdin well – later at the University of Florida and eventually throughout his life. And what a life it has been; rich and varied, and not without heartache and an ongoing, debilitating battle with Trigeminal Neuralgia, which the medical profession chillingly refers to as the Suicide Disease. Wasdin was part of the two-man coaching staff that took Jacksonville University to the pinnacle of college basketball – the 1970 NCAA Championship Game against John Wooden’s UCLA Bruins, the most powerful program in college sports history. He then went on to become a successful businessman and community leader. It is a life lived in full, and a life story worth reading.

 

Stadium Stories Florida GatorsStadium Stories: Florida Gators

By Peter Kerasotis
Publication Date: September 1, 2005

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Relive Classic Moments in Gator History!

Thrilling victories, crushing defeats, comical mishaps, and colorful coaches, players, and fans-these are the legendary moments and larger-than-life personalities that have made the Florida Gators a gridiron favorite.
In Stadium Stories: Florida Gators, veteran journalist Peter Kerasotis shares his favorite memories of this beloved team. Together you’ll relive the highs and lows and become reacquainted with some of the team’s all-time greatest heroes and legends including:

  • The decades-old border war between the Gators and the Bulldogs of Georgia
  • Steve Spurrier’s glory years at Florida, both as a player and a coach
  • Superstar players, including Emmitt Smith, Wilber Marshall, and Danny Wuerffel
  • The highs and lows from annual gridiron battles with Gators archrival Florida State
  • Mr. 2-Bits-the greatest Gator fan of them all