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Rick Ankiel: The Phenomenon

Ethical Society of St. Louis - TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR!

Left Bank Books and Maryville Talks Books welcome former St. Louis Cardinal Rick Ankiel, who will sign and discuss his memoir, The Phenomenon, with St. Louis Cardinals broadcaster Mike Claiborne!

On October 3, 2000, 21-year-old Rick Ankiel took the mound for the St. Louis Cardinals in Game One of the National League division series. All was going well until Ankiel, lauded as the next Bob Gibson, threw a pitch that missed the mitt—wildly. Then he threw another. Then another. Slowly at first, then rapidly, his once-impenetrable psyche crumbled. He would forever look back on that day as the day the unwelcome, inexplicable Phenomenon arrived. In this book, Ankiel tells the story of his battle with an anxiety condition widely known as the Yips, the courageous soul-searching that followed, and his eventual triumph over the demons in his own mind to reenter the game.

“I couldn’t put this book displays the power of the human spirit to overcome the odds.” 
—Mike Matheny, The Matheny Manifesto

Ticket information:

– $30 ticket admits ONE person and includes ONE copy of The Phenomenon
– $35 ticket admits TWO people, includes ONE copy of The Phenomenon and a $5 rebate towards the purchase of a second copy at the event

Tickets available at the door. Please note: those who purchase a ticket and do not attend the event must pick up their copy of The Phenomenon or contact Left Bank Books to arrange for shipping within 60 days of the event. 

Signing Guidelines:

– Rick will ONLY sign copies of The Phenomenon. He will not sign baseballs, bats, jerseys, or any other memorabilia
– Rick WILL sign and personalize all copies of The Phenomenon purchased from Left Bank Books. Additional books will be available for purchase at the event

Mike Claiborne will be covering his 34th year of St. Louis sports in 2017. He began his time at KMOX in February of 1981 co-hosting "Sports Open Line." His various duties in St. Louis have consisted of being a color analyst, providing play-by-play, a studio analyst and sideline reporter for St. Louis University Basketball, UM St. Louis Basketball, St. Louis Blues Hockey, St. Louis Rams, Fox Sports Midwest and the St. Louis Cardinals. This is Mike's 10th year as a part of the radio Cardinals Broadcast team with Mike Shannon and John Rooney. Their work together includes the pregame show, play-by-play and Star of the Game.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 7:00pm
Ethical Society of St. Louis
9001 Clayton Rd.
Saint Louis, MO 63117
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The Phenomenon: Pressure, the Yips, and the Pitch That Changed My Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9781610396868
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: PublicAffairs - April 18th, 2017