Salomon, Glanville, Team Up to Deliver Anticipated Children’s Book
- Created on Monday, 17 October 2011 02:44
- Last Updated on Thursday, 16 May 2013 07:51
- Written by Steve Sidoti
It is amazing how one life could drastically change with hard work, a passion, and dedication. Three years ago, Bob Salomon was just a regular family man with a wife, two kids, and a full-time job in his home state of New Jersey. These days, you can find Salomon at the center of a unique movement with the commitment to making a difference. He now collaborates with some of the biggest names in sports, as he has gained the trust of the hundreds that support him. One of those names is former big league outfielder and current ESPN Baseball Tonight analyst Doug Glanville. The driving force behind Bob’s involvement with Glanville and other big-time athletes comes from the compelling children’s book, titled “A Glove of Their Own.” Together, the duo share many of the same values, beliefs, and overall determination that have helped form the basis for their success. As they now join forces, these men have only one mindset towards the future, and that is to help children.
Since its publication in 2008, “A Glove of Their Own” has received recognition and attention on a national level, with numerous accolades and supporters that include both former and current players alike. The endless list features names such as Yogi Berra, Joe Torre, Tommy John, Don Mattingly, Jim Eisenreich, Dick Drago, Eric Chavez, Michael Cuddyer, and Nelson Cruz, among many others. Even companies such as Louisville Slugger, Modell’s, Rawlings, Eric Chavez – Brown Gloves / Diego Bats, and Upper Deck have joined the cause. The story and its process to stardom is certainly unique as it originally began with words and ideas placed on a computer by first-time authors Debbie Moldovan and Keri Conkling. Both are family friends of Salomon, and knew that he loved to give back and help children. Add that with his love for baseball, and the two women were certain that he was the one to jumpstart the project.
“After I read the story for the first time, I thought it was amazing,” proclaimed Salomon. “I knew we had to get it out to the world.”
Soon thereafter, Bob did just that. With his first move, he contacted a third author in Lisa Funari-Willever. While offering advice, Lisa soon learned of Bob’s vision and after much dialogue, agreed to join the team. Her experience and efforts ultimately got the book published. Although the publication of “A Glove of Their Own” was a special day for Salomon, he quickly realized that the real work was ahead of him. What followed was a process of networking that involved creating friendships in the sporting world. In order to promote the book’s release, daily interaction was key. Bob’s sincere way of drawing people together led him to the many relationships that he still holds dear to him today. One person in particular who he feels has had a big impact on his success is Jim Watson of New Egypt Entertainment. Like most who encountered with the cause, Jim asked for nothing in return, except friendship. Bob soon formed the ability to network at a rapid pace, which was driven by a nonstop passion and the desire to make a difference.
For each book sold, $3.00 is given to one of the many non-profit organizations affiliated with the movement. As the winner of the Benjamin Franklin Children’s Book Award, it is safe to say that this story is a product of hard work and triumph, which comes from a group that although new to the game, refused to fall short of reaching their full potential.
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