Toy Cannon Homers Again at Barnes and Noble

Barnes & Noble Authors, 12/10/11: (L-R) Daniel Flores, Darla Marx, Mimi Jefferson, & Jimmy Wynn at the Sugar Land Store in the Greater Houston area.

Last Saturday proved to be another successful book signing day for Astros icon and baseball author Jimmy Wynn at the Sugar Land store in the Barnes & Noble chain. This time appearing with three other writers on vastly different subjects, Jimmy lived out again his beautiful and natural kindness toward all the fans and kids that came anywhere within voice or eye contact of him, bringing smiles to the faces of grumpy Christmas shoppers, even to those who had never heard of Jimmy Wynn or the game of baseball. Jimmy is especially magnetic to the smiles of the kids and their moms. If there is a gleaming smile in there behind the mask, Jimmy just has a knack for pulling it out.

It’s an amazing thing to watch. After Jimmy pumped up the confidence of one young aspiring baseball player out shopping with his mom, a pep talk and hug concluded in a photo that mom took of her ten-year old with Jimmy. The kid went away with his fist-pumping smile in full gear. He no sooner had left when an unrelated grandfather-type stepped forward to shake Jimmy’s hand and say, “I saw what you just did for that young man, Mr. Wynn. It was a beautiful thing to watch and I just wanted you to know that there are those of us out here who appreciate both who you are and what you do.”

 Jimmy Wynn acknowledged the compliment with his usual modest dismissal, but the man hit it right on the button. Jimmy Wynn is just one of those souls who is going to make 98% of the people who encounter him at any given moment happier in a way they would otherwise have never known. It’s the same spirit that makes his story so good and such a great Christmas season read. The people who purchased “Toy Cannon: The Autobiography of Baseball’s Jimmy Wynn” – signed by Jimmy himself – for their loved ones, took home – home runs – for Christmas Eve and Morning.

The book is available through Barnes & Noble and Amazon by direct in-time-for-Christmas order and a few hard copies also remain in stock at the Sugar Land store. I just don’t know about the inventory of other B&N locations. Copies will also be available through me at the SABR meeting tomorrow night at the Ragin’ Cajun restaurant on Richmond Avenue, Dec. 13th, before and after the 7-9 PM meeting. Jimmy Wynn is supposed to be there too and will be happy to sign that evening or the next time you see him. Our special holiday price through New Years Eve is $25.00, plus $5.00 for packing, postage, and handling on mail orders. ($30.00 total on mail orders.)

Endorse checks on mail orders to “Bill McCurdy” and send your order to:

Bill McCurdy, Publisher

Pecan Park Eagle Press

PO BOX 940871

Houston, TX 77094-7871

No services exist for credit charges or handling cash by mail. Payment needs to be by check or money order.

The other authors at Saturday’s Barnes & Noble signing came with their own unique tales. Jimmy Wynn was paired at a table with US Customs chopper pilot Daniel Flores who has written “South of Heaven: My Year in Afghanistan” as an exciting true story of his Ranger service in the middle of that heated Middle East war.

Mimi Jefferson is a love story novelist. Her latest work is entitled “The Bride Experiment” and Darla Marx apparently is one of those non-fiction life coach writers whose latest work is called “I’ve Got my Big Girl Panties On One Foot at a Time.” Don’t ask me what it’s about. I wouldn’t touch that title with a ten foot pole.

Have a great week, everybody. Hope your holiday preparations are going well.

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