James Anderson with his two books

Author James Anderson with his books, "Hey Blue" and "Tradition Never Graduates," gave a reading from "Tradition Never Graduates" at the Gary Millen Foundation event at the Cranmore Mountain Resort on April 13. (LINDSAY MAYOCK PHOTO)

FRYEBURG — James Anderson has always had a love of sports, and that comes through in two books he has recently written, “Hey Blue” and “Tradition Never Graduates.”

Anderson, 64, a longtime educator of 35 years including 27 in the MSAD 72 school system. The gymnasium at the Molly Ockett Middle School was dedicated to him in 2015, the James R. Anderson Gymnasium.

In his first book, “Hey Blue,” Anderson offers readers a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at softball and coaching from the umpire’s perspective.

Anderson, who has a masters in education and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study CAGS, had a lengthy career as a high school and collegiate umpire. He also served as president of Western Maine Federation of Softball Umpires.

Anderson, who is on the Fryeburg Academy sports beat for the Sun, asks, “Have you ever wondered what an umpire sees or feels while working an important game, or what is being said when umpires and coaches gather for a conference? It does not have to be an argument as people are led to believe. ‘Hey Blue’ explores the cooperative side of sports for the good of the learning experience that sports provide participants of all ages.”

“Anderson’s experience and lifelong passion for sports shows clearly in his loving descriptions of the nitty-gritty details and nuances of gameplay as well as his colorful anecdotes of memorable moments on the field, all keenly observed from the best seat in the house — right behind the catcher,” Covenant Books, the publisher, states in a release about “Hey Blue.”

Covenant added: “James Anderson’s new book is an absorbing work that is part memoir and part field reference manual that will be appreciated by players, coaches, umpires and even spectators and sports fanatics new and seasoned, young and old.”

“I have had the pleasure of working with him over this past year as he published two books (and is currently working on his third!),” Maureen K, publication assistant for Covenant Books, stated in an email.

“Tradition Never Graduates,” which was released just last week, is a look back at the Kennett High football team and its late Coach Gary Millen and its chase for the Division III State Championship as Anderson, the longtime broadcaster of Kennett Football, “shares a sports broadcaster’s journey that exudes with insightful instances of in-game traditions.”

Anderson, a Golden Microphone award winner, writes, “You are invited! Come along on a thrilling game-by-game journey through the eyes of a sports broadcaster from the press box.”

Anderson did a reading from the book at a Gary Millen Foundation event at Zip’s Pub at Cranmore Mountain Resort on April 13, receiving two enthusiast thumbs up from the near-capacity crowd.

Readers can purchase “Tradition Never Graduates” and “Hey Blue” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes store, Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Covenant Books is an international Christian owned and operated book publisher based in Murrell’s Inlet, South Carolina.

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