Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr. is scheduled to be at the Bel Air Barnes & Noble today starting at 5 p.m. to sign copies of his latest children’s book “Wild Pitch.” The Bel Air Barnes & Noble is at 620 Marketplace Dr. in the Tollgate Mall Shopping Center. Here are details about “Wild Pitch:”
The third installment in the New York Times best-selling “Cal Ripken, Jr.’s All-Stars” series.
BY CAL RIPKEN, JR.
with Kevin Cowherd
Robbie Hammond is the Dulaney Orioles’ hardest-throwing pitcher—and their coach’s son—but what good is all that heat when he can’t find the strike zone? The rest of the team is struggling too, and after losing game after game, they’ve earned the embarrassing nickname the Snore-ioles.
But for Robbie this isn’t just a slump. He’s haunted by the memory of last year’s all-star game, when he lost control of a pitch and there were devastating consequences. He’s so worried about it happening again that he throws wild whenever he faces a batter. Tired of disappointing his teammates and his dad, Robbie is ready to call it quits. Then he meets a player who has had to overcome a much bigger challenge, someone who can help him get his mojo back and give the game one more chance.
Told with equal amounts of exciting baseball action, compelling drama, and good-natured humor, Wild Pitch will have readers on the edge of their seats as they root for Robbie’s comeback.
Cal Ripken, Jr. was a shortstop and third baseman for the Baltimore Orioles for his entire career (1981-2001), a rare occurrence in major league baseball today. Nicknamed “The Iron Man” for his relentless work ethic and reliability on the field, Ripken is most remembered for playing a record 2,632 straight games over seventeen seasons, shattering the record previously held by Lou Gehrig at 2,131. He was a nineteen-time All Star and is considered to be one of the best shortstops professional baseball has ever seen. In 2007 he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, after earning the third-highest voting percentage in Hall of Fame history. Mr. Ripken is CEO of Ripken Baseball, Inc., (www.RipkenBaseball.com), a company dedicated to growing the game of baseball at the grassroots level, and the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation (www.RipkenFoundation.org), which uses baseball as a tool to help underserved youth. He currently lives in Maryland with his wife, Kelly, and two children, Rachel and Ryan.
Kevin Cowherd is an award-winning sports columnist with The Baltimore Sun. He has also written for Men’s Health, Parenting, and Baseball Digest magazines and is the author of a collection of columns, Last Call at the 7-Eleven. He has coached youth baseball, basketball, and soccer teams for many years. He lives near Baltimore, Maryland with his wife and three children.