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Drawing upon stories from current and former ballplayers and managers, including the famous and the unsung heroes, life's important lessons are shared through the lens of baseball's most memorable people and events. Students and fans of baseball will not only learn about the sport’s history and some of its players but they will gain provocative insights for Christian living.

Steal Away includes quotes from or stories about:

  • Don Zimmer
  • Orel Hershiser
  • Tommy Henrich
  • Billy Martin
  • Red Barber
  • Sal Bando
  • the 1960 World Series Yankees
  • Joe DiMaggio
  • Roy Campanella
  • Curt Flood
  • Sammy Sosa's corking incident
  • John Smoltz
  • Roger "The Rocket" Clemens
  • Jackie Robinson
  • David Clyde
  • John Boccabella
  • the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Joe Jackson and the Chicago "Black Sox"
  • Buck O'Neill and the Negro League
  • Mickey Owen's dropped ball in the 1941 World Series
  • Mickey Mantle
  • the 2004 Boston Red Sox
  • and many others!

Discover how Steal Away and author Hugh Poland ministered to the inmates at San Quentin State Prison. Read "Inside Pitch" on the National Ministries website.


Editorial Reviews:

"I sense in Steal Away a familiar passion both for baseball and for following Christ." —From the foreword by Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees

"Poland has hit a grand slam." —Hall of Fame broadcaster Ernie Harwell

"From the locker room to the upper room, the Scriptures come to life through America's greatest pastime! This book should be a part of every sports fan's collection." —Jeff Hutcheon, Fellowship of Christian Athletes

"I will resist the temptation to use a baseball metaphor. If you like baseball and/or Jesus, buy the book!" —John Ortberg, Teaching Pastor, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, Menlo Park, CA

"You will be spiritually challenged, greatly encouraged, and wonderfully entertained." —Kent Bottenfield, former Major League pitcher

"Steal Away combines Scripture with many interesting stories from the rich history of baseball to provide a collection of wonderful devotionals that anyone who loves the game of baseball will find uplifting." —Vince Nauss, President, Baseball Chapel

"You'll find yourself smiling at Poland's clever use of baseball as a metaphor for Christian life." —Phillip Samuelson, Aspiring Retail, February 2006

"This devotional will uplift Christian baseball fans who can use this book as a witnessing tool to unbelieving sports enthusiasts." —New Man, May/June 2006

"Perhaps Steal Away's greatest strength is its ability to draw upon one of the game's unique qualities, the art of good storytelling...It is a good read packed with important lessons to be absorbed through the foundations of baseball and the Bible. Through a vast knowledge of America's greatest pastime, Poland weaves together a winning combination of great baseball quotes with various impacting passages of Scripture." — - The Christian Broadcasting Network

"Steal Away: Devotions For Baseball Fans by Hugh Poland is a unique and remarkable collection of baseball feats and facts with a deftly intertwined understanding of Jesus and the scriptures. Introducing readers to an interwoven interpretation of America's favorite game and the basic tenants of Christianity, Steal Away provides readers with an uncompromising wisdom of baseball's spiritual implications and reveals biblical lessons taught by both the ball game and sacred scriptures. Thoughtful and thought-provoking, Steal Away is very highly recommended reading for all Christian baseball fans." —Midwest Book Review

"Thanks for putting in words messages that I believe will influence and reach deep in the souls of young boys.  OK, old guys too." —Keith Coneby, varsity coach for the Montgomery County Mustangs, a Christian Homeschool Baseball team

"...Humorous and affectionate..." —Foreword Magazine, November/December 2006

"Hugh Poland has done an excellent job of offering candid life and faith lessons in an easy to read compilation. The book is informative as well as engaging." —Jim Kellogg, Vice President, Community & Retail Operations, Colorado Rockies



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