The McDavid Group Charities is excited to announce that Rick Ankiel, former professional baseball player, has signed on to play in the 2nd Annual Golf for C.O.P.S. golf tournament at Tequesta Country Club on December 11, 2017.
During his 14 years of playing in Major League Baseball, Ankiel played for such teams as the St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Royals, Atlanta Braves, Washington Nationals, and more. He was known as one of the best pitchers in the league until a careeraltering issue forced him into an outfield position, where he also excelled.
Ankiel’s skills from the plate shined, as he was the first player since Babe Ruth to have won at least 10 games as a pitcher and also hit at least 50 home runs.
After retiring in 2014, Ankiel was invited to be a Life Skills Coordinator for the Washington Nationals and released his book, The Phenomenon: Pressure, the Yips, and the Pitch that Changed My Life. Hall of Fame Manager Tony LaRussa said, “Rick Ankiel has always been a true phenomenon. He had henomenal talent, and when he faced hardship, he proved he had phenomenal character too. His book is a candid and powerful story of his pitching success, his cruel and dramatic career derailment, and his historic resurrection as a power-hitting outfielder. Your lasting impression is of Rick the winner and champion husband, father, and person, with a story that impacts us all.” Ankiel now resides in Jupiter, Florida, with his family. He is a member of the Tequesta Country Club, home of the Golf for C.O.P.S. tournament. He will be signing copies of his book during the tournament.