Here’s a story about John and the book on the Herd Chronicles, a site dedicated to Buffalo Bisons baseball history.
John Cangelosi: The Improbable Baseball Journey of the Undersized Kid from Nowhere to World Series Champion is a baseball biography published in 2019.
If you’re looking for an inspirational baseball biography, look no further than the one on John Cangelosi, the former Major League Baseball outfielder who played for 10-plus seasons in the ’80s and ’90s.
No, he wasn’t a superstar like a Mike Trout or a Cody Bellinger, but Cangelosi’s story is just as remarkable.
Or perhaps even more.
You see, the undersized Cangelosi wasn’t even supposed to make it to the pros. Listed as 5-foot-8, Cangelosi not only worked as hard as he could and made it to the big leagues, but he also stayed long enough to break a long-standing American League stolen-base record, frustrate some of the majors’ best pitchers and catchers, and, near the end of his career, win a World Series ring in his hometown.
It’s a truly remarkable and inspirational story for young kids and for anybody who has a dream.
“For me, I often root for the underdog and I enjoying reading about the overlooked or underrated athletes,” KP explains when asked why he wrote the book.
“I think their stories oftentimes can be very inspirational. However, because they may not be highly publicized because they’re not the superstars on their teams, their stories might get lost.
“What I want to do as a writer is to get their stories and be able to share them with readers. I feel that these stories can often inspire young kids who need that reminder of ‘I can do it too’ – as long as they work hard and don’t give up their dreams.
“John Cangelosi fits the profile of the underdog perfectly. Here’s a guy who made it as a professional baseball player despite his size, and he managed to play 10-plus years in the big leagues. I believe that young kids – or any reader, for that matter – can benefit knowing John’s story.”
Relive John’s inspirational and amazing career by picking up KP’s John Cangelosi: The Improbable Baseball Journey of the Undersized Kid from Nowhere to World Series Champion today!