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Rick Ankiel 

When: Wed., April 19, 7 p.m. 2017
Price: $30 for one person & one book; $35 for two people and one book
Rick Ankiel's abilities as a baseball pitcher gave him fame, fortune and the promise of a long career. And then his skill abandoned him in the third inning of the first game of the 2000 National League Division Series, leaving him unable to throw the ball to his catcher. It happened again in his next start, and in almost every outing after that. Ankiel reinvented himself as a hard-hitting outfielder with a cannon for an arm, but his ability to pitch never returned. Ankiel calls the nervous condition that invaded his mind "the phenomenon." He named his book The Phenomenon in honor of his nemesis. In it, the former player explains how he worked to remake himself and regain his position in the major leagues, carrying "the phenomenon" on his back the whole way. Ankiel discusses his book with Mike Claiborne of the Cardinals radio broadcast team at 7 p.m. at the Ethical Society of St. Louis (9001 Clayton Road; www.left-bank.com). After the talk, Ankiel will sign books (only The Phenomenon; no other objects will be autographed). Tickets are $30 for one person and one copy of the book, or $35 for two people and one copy.
— Paul Friswold

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