Fall and Rise: Conversations with Rick Ankiel and Friends

Fall and Rise: Conversations with Rick Ankiel and Friends

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Washington High School

600 Blue Jay Drive

Washington, MO 63090

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Rick Ankiel joins "Missouri Guy" John Brown and other VIPs at the keynote event at the Missouri Book Festival for an unforgettable night!

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Rick Ankiel, the Cardinals pitcher and outfielder who experienced a rollercoaster career like no other, will join "Missouri Guy" John Brown and other VIPs at the keynote event at the Missouri Book Festival. On stage at Washington High School Theater, Rick will discuss the highs and lows of a truly incomparable baseball career. Captured in his memoir The Phenomenon, Rick's story of perseverance inspired baseball fans around the world--and it all happened right here in the Show Me State!

Leading up to Rick's appearance, other special guests—including comedian and This Is Us mailman Bill Chott—will join John that night for conversation about their formative years in Missouri and will reveal how their experiences helped them thrive on a national stage.

At the event, Bill Chott will receive the "Missouri Legends Award," which recognizes a native Missourian whose impact has been seen and felt around the country.

Rick Ankiel will receive the "Show-Me Perseverance Award," which recognizes a Missourian who has faced life-changing challenges and overcome obstacles to rise to greater heights.

About The Phenomenon:

The Phenomenon is the story of how St. Louis Cardinals prodigy Rick Ankiel lost his once-in-a-generation ability to pitch—not due to an injury or a bolt of lightning, but a mysterious anxiety condition widely known as "the Yips." It came without warning, in the middle of a playoff game, with millions of people watching. And it has never gone away.

Yet the true test of Ankiel's character came not on the mound, but in the long days and nights that followed as he searched for a way to get back in the game. For four and a half years, he fought the Yips with every arrow in his quiver: psychotherapy, medication, deep-breathing exercises, self-help books, and, eventually, vodka. And then, after reconsidering his whole life at the age of twenty-five, Ankiel made an amazing turnaround: returning to the Major Leagues as a hitter and playing seven successful seasons.

This book is an incredible story about a universal experience—pressure—and what happened when a person on the brink had to make a choice about who he was going to be.

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