Kids gain life lessons through baseball in Fort Worth author’s new storybook

FORT WORTH, Texas — Author Marcus D. Collins thrills young readers to the game of baseball and of life in “Batter Up,” a lesson-filled, new children’s poetry book.

Have you ever imagined yourself as a major league power hitter? Take the journey inside a batter’s head as he battles his pitching foe. “Batter Up,” the new story by author Collins, is a humorous tale of an overconfident baseball player who faces a pitcher in a classic duel of wits. Distractions wear down his confidence, leaving him confused and vulnerable to failure. In an unexpected twist, readers will discover why the hero still has much to learn about the game of baseball.

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at, or by visiting or

Collins spent a great deal of time playing softball — from his backyard, as a boy, to fields at school, and on organized teams through his 20s. Never much of a power hitter, he could consistently make contact with the ball, and was fast enough on the base pads to stretch hits for extra bases. He proudly tells of one game, in which, playing second base, he initiated a double play by flipping the ball behind his back to a surprised shortstop — a move almost never attempted in that environment. Now more of an observer, Collins enjoys watching local minor league teams and occasionally attends Texas Ranger games near his Fort Worth home.

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