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SLCL and the St. Louis Cardinals Present Veteran MLB Pitcher Jerry Reuss

Press Release

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 10:00a.m.
The St. Louis County Library Foundation’s ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series, the St. Louis Cardinals, and KMOX Radio are pleased to present St. Louis native and former St. Louis Cardinal Jerry Reuss for a discussion and signing of his memoir “Bring in the Right Hander!: My Four Decades in the Major Leagues.”
The event will take place at Library Headquarters (1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.) on Wednesday, July 16, at 7:00 p.m. The program is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event.
The St. Louis Cardinals will provide ticket packages and other items to be raffled off to event attendees.
One of only 29 Major Leaguers to play in four different decades, Jerry Reuss pitched for eight teams, including the Pittsburgh Pirates twice. So when Reuss tells his story, he covers about as much of baseball life as any player can.
“Bring In The Right­Hander!” puts us on the mound for the winning pitch in the 1981 World Series, then takes us back to the schoolyards and ball fields of Overland, Missouri, where Reuss first dreamed of that scene. His baseball odyssey, dedicated to the mantra “work hard and play harder,” began in 1969 with his hometown team, the St. Louis Cardinals (who traded him three years later for mustache­related reasons). Reuss carries us through his winning seasons with the Dodgers, taking in a no­hitter and that World Series triumph, and introducing us to some of baseball’s most colorful characters. Along the way, as the grizzled veteran faces injuries, releases, and trips to the Minors, battling his way back into the Majors to finish his career with the Pirates, we get a glimpse of the real grit behind big league life, on and off the field.
Since his retirement as an active player, Jerry Reuss has worked in broadcasting as a color analyst for ESPN, the Anaheim Angels, and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The program with Scott Anderson is a St. Louis County Library ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series presentation. The Westfall series features authors of politics, current issues, history, and sports. The series is co-sponsored by AJ.P. Realty; McMahon Berger; Brown Smith Wallace LLC; Royal Banks of Missouri; St. Louis Business Journal; Midwest Library Service; The Booksource; S.M. Wilson & Co.; and Stifel, Nicolaus.