“How did this team – known more for its SAT scores than its batting average – achieve beyond expectations?” Beaverball details the story of a remarkable team of unlikely winners. Coached by a former Marine Reservist, the team learns to overcome adversity on and off the field. The story reminds us of the impact that coaches, parents, and teachers have on developing our values, human potential, and leadership skills.
While the “analytical” MIT players were often outmatched by superior athletes and stronger programs, they were able – on occasion – to win the big games.
Cover: Gregg Bernstein
|Jan. 14||Las Vegas, NV, Council on Autism Services Annual Meeting, Flamingo Corporate Convention Center - Brooks presents "Leading to Win: Lessons from the MIT Baseball Team"|
|Dec. 17||La Jolla, CA, La Jolla Sunrise Rotary Club meeting, La Jolla Shores Hotel - 6:55am, Brooks will be discussing Beaverball with club members.|
|Dec. 17||Del Mar, CA, Del Mar Rotary Club meeting, St. Peter's Episcopal Church - 12:00pm, Brooks will be discussing Beaverball with club members.|
|Nov. 15||Virginia Beach, VA, Simon Family Jewish Community Center, Festival of Jewish Books & Authors - 5:00pm. Brooks will be discussing Beaverball followed by a book signing.|
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“With its 24-hour libraries and ever-humming laboratories, MIT can seem cold, impersonal, and intimidating. An intellectual boot camp, the Institute takes satisfaction in the often repeated analogy that learning at MIT is like trying to sip water from an unthrottled fire hose...”
Click on the play icon to listen to the mp3 inline (Flash required) or on the title to download it.What inspired “Beaverball”? (0:53) Would you buy an ad from these guys? (0:46) Coach O’Brien, how this team made history, and lessons learned. (4:16) Life after MIT baseball and the “five-year test.” (2:29)
Brooks and Beaverball are profiled in the Oconee Living Section of the Athens Banner Herald.
In the late 1980s, Bogart resident Brooks Mendell was a standout athlete at San Mateo High School in Northern California, excelling in football, basketball and baseball. But when Mendell’s prep tenure ended, he received a few offers from small schools and quickly came to the realization it was highly unlikely he’d ever enjoy a career as a professional athlete. So he enrolled at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology to study political science and signed on to join the school’s baseball team, which had endured its share of losing seasons through the years. During his freshman, sophomore and junior campaigns, the trend held up as the Beavers were unable to win more than they lost. But during his senior season in the spring of 1993, Mendell and his teammates put together one of the best Cinderella stories in MIT history. . .
Read the full story here.
Brooks Mendell shares lessons learned from the MIT Baseball team in this Athens Banner Herald article.
Who is the most important person on your team?
As much as we’re “all created equal,” the reality of day-to-day life and business management is that each team we’re on has higher performers and lower performers. Some salespeople exceed quota; others struggle to keep up. In sports, most players, at any given time, are sitting on the bench. How do we reconcile “managing our stars” with “managing the team”?
Read the full article here.
Kim Ablon Whitney mentions Beaverball in her recent “News & Notes” post about the Jewish Book Council’s Meet the Authors Event.
Read the full post here.