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The Decline of Baseball in Inner-City Chicago

Baseball diamonds are virtually empty in inner-city Chicago nowadays. Black boys are opting to play basketball and football over baseball the majority of the time, and there are various reasons why this has occurred over the last thirty plus years...

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Life As a Fiction Author

My name is Mark Stephen O’Neal, and I’m a Christian author who has been writing since 2007. I’ve endured many of the pitfalls that come with self-publishing...I've learned how to carefully and skillfully create a plot, format my paperback books and proofread my own work before submitting it to a second pair of eyes through trial and error. My journey hasn’t been easy, but it has been very fulfilling.
 
Now, I’d like to share a little about my background. I was born and raised on the Southside of Chicago in the 70s, and I had a strong affinity for baseball as a youth. However, I didn’t play baseball beyond my teenaged years. As I entered adulthood, I didn’t have a clue about what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I earned a degree in business after six long years divided between two universities, but I still didn’t know what my true purpose was yet at twenty-four years of age...