My name is Brock Picken, and I'm a writer, interviewer, and storyteller. Two years ago I was miserable, feeling lost, and floated from one career to the next, wondering if I would ever find a way to be happy. While having a heart-to-heart talk with my wife, I realized that it was, and always had been baseball that was my biggest passion. A short time thereafter, I was presented with the opportunity to host my own baseball talk-show, called “The Dugout”. Over the course of a year, I interviewed media legends like Dan Shulman, World Series Champs such as Matt Stairs, Roberto Alomar, and Cito Gaston, and numerous other exciting guests. My show re-ignited my passion for baseball, and so now I have decided to fulfill a childhood dream. The decision I made next, was something I had longed to do since taking a creative writing course in high school, which was to write a book.
This book – this campaign, is the next step, and a very important one for me, towards a career in baseball. This is an opportunity for me to seize a dream, and create something special for baseball lovers and story lovers alike. This book will be a compilation of many unique stories based on interviews I conduct with current and former MLB professional players, female professional players from the AAGPBL (1943-1954), and a few special guests, such as Babe Ruth’s Granddaughter, Linda Ruth Tosetti. I have connected with George Castle, a baseball historian and author of 11 baseball books. He has covered baseball for 35 seasons, based in Chicago. George will be my historical reference for the book.
What I Need
I’ve been presented with the rare and incredible opportunity to attend and cover, as accredited media personnel, three separate baseball events this season. In Kansas City, The Negro League Baseball Museum will be having their inaugural “Hall of Game Ceremony”, inducting their first ever “Hall of Famers”. In St. Louis, the Cardinals organization with be unveiling their new Hall of Fame Museum in their Ballpark Village, for which I have been invited to the Ribbon-cutting Ceremony. And in Iowa, The Field of Dreams Movie Site (made famous by Kevin Costner) is hosting their Team of Dreams Event, a charity softball tournament that last year had 14 former Major League Baseball stars (including 10 Hall of Famers) participate. I will be conducting interviews at each of these events for my book.
The funds being raised will go to cover the cost of:
- Audio & Video Equipment Purchase/Rental
- Book Cover Layout & Design
- Costs associated with editing & publishing
What You Get
Through the generosity of several amazing people, I’ve been able to provide you with some kick-ass rewards. I’m offering exclusive peeks at video and audio recordings of some of the interviews as well as an opportunity to be a guest on my podcast. Also, for the baseball memorabilia collector, there are some amazing pieces donated such as baseballs autographed by Fergie Jenkins and Matt Stairs. Linda Ruth Tosetti (Babe Ruth’s Granddaughter) has autographed some baseballs and prints, and I’m also including some unique, limited edition Blue Jays prints from Chris Ripley at www.BlueJaysArt.ca.
This isn’t about making money, traveling, or selling a ton of books. This is about living a dream, and inviting you to be a part of the process in creating something unique and special. This is also about inspiring others to go after their dreams. I'm really just a regular guy. But I have an incredible passion for baseball, and in just a short time I have accomplished so much, interviewing some of the most recognizable names in the sport. With your help, I can accomplish so much more, and share some incredible baseball stories that the world hasn't heard yet. You can help this regular guy do something extraordinary.
Even if you decide not to back this, you can still help me.
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