Bill Leatherman was born in Charlottesville, Virginia and received his elementary and secondary education in the public schools of Albemarle County.
After serving in the US Army, he received his college degrees from Ferrum Junior College (A.A), Milligan College (B.S.), and Lynchburg College (M.Ed), with Advanced Graduate Studies at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and the University of Virginia. While at Ferrum, Bill was President of the Phi Theta Kappa Fraternity.
Bill and his wife Nancy are enjoying their retirement years living in High Point, North Carolina. They have two children and six grandchildren, for whom this book is written.en.
Bill served forty-two years as a basketball coach, both in high school and in the collegiate ranks, with the last thirty years at James Madison University and at Bridgewater College, both in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. While at Bridgewater College, Bill compiled a school record of 335 coaching victories, including three trips to the NCAA playoffs and one Sweet Sixteen appearance. In a twenty-three year career there, Coach Leatherman graduated 100% of his student athletes. He has been inducted in the Athletic Hall of Fame at three institutions.
During his coaching years Bill wrote many professional articles for basketball periodicals. A lifetime fan of baseball, he was first published with an article in the December 1983 issue of Baseball Digest.
Coach Leatherman won numerous Coach of the Year Awards, and in 2006 received the coveted National Association of Basketball Coaches Award (NABC) for Advocacy. Upon his retirement in 2008, he received the NABC Outstanding Service Award.
Ticket to a Baseball Journey is more than just a story about baseball. The journey is an astonishing trip that details the incredible grip that baseball has on its players and fans. Follow one man’s love of the game through several decades of travels, visiting numerous major league stadiums; many of these cathedrals now long gone! Bill Leatherman has made visits to almost 50 major league stadiums, and a like number of minor league parks.
The journey begins with the annual ‘rite of spring,’ when winter passes and spring training begins. For over 30 consecutive years, Bill has made his annual spring training trip to Florida and Arizona, often introducing these baseball experiences to friends and family, both young and old.
Baseball was alive for one amazing summer in ‘the World’s Smallest Baseball Town.’ Share these amazing times through the words of former major leaguers who lived that incredible summer.
Follow the exciting times through the journal of a young minor league player dealing with the difficulties of accomplishment during his 2016 season as he aspires to reach the ‘The Show.’
Nostalgia abounds as the great radio and television announcers are remembered as those who helped make baseball ‘America’s Pastime!
The ‘ticket’ leads a group of young baseball fans to their first Major League Baseball experience and the thrill of meeting their heroes of the game. There is no thrill that compares, for young baseball fans, as they see the beautifully manicured green grass inside a stadium for the first time.
This colorful journey takes readers into some of baseball’s most memorable moments. A PLEASANT READ FOR ANYONE WHO LOVES BASEBALL.
From the 1940’s as a youth, on into the twenty-first century as a grandfather, the author details a romp through childhood From memories to a life well lived as an adult. He recalls somewhat challenging, yet prosperous times, as he rummaged through the many ups and downs that life has to offer. The title, “Jack of all Trades, Master of Won”, is essentially the author’s way of telling his grandchildren that despite roadblocks along the way, he has “won at life” and all it has to offer. He offers an interesting insight into the struggles that families faced after World War II and into the “fabulous fifties”, as America began to realize there was hope of prosperity for all. The nineteen sixties were called “Camelot”, truly one of the greatest of decades for America and all its people. During this time when all young men were required to register for the draft at age eighteen, the US Army dramatically shaped this author’s life, as he previously had been a somewhat wayward youth in his teenage years. A three year enlistment in the US Army was followed by his college years, an athletic career, a wonderful marriage, fatherhood, and a long and lengthy, successful coaching career. Amusing stories of youthful teenage pranks, some of them even on the “troubling side” make for interesting reading. He received many second chance opportunities as a young adult and vowed to make the most of them. Originally intended to offer his personal story of life in the forties, fifties and the sixties for his grandchildren, it has evolved into a family history
Joseph M Knight