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The Mr. Rickey's Redbirds with the bird.

"This book changed the way I view the Cardinals and baseball. It challenged me, made me think and inspired me to broaden my perspective."  - Mark Tomasik,

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In the history of the St. Louis Cardinals, one figure towers above all, despite never pitching an inning or taking an at-bat for the team.  For decades, the club was defined by his presence – or his absence. From 1876 to 1925, three different National League teams in St. Louis never finished higher than second place.  Then everything changed.

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Mr. Rickey's Redbirds

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My Story

Mike Mitchell is a writer and entrepreneur. The Missouri native attended his first major league game at the age of five. He doesn't recall the score, but he vividly remembers Lou Brock's walk-up music and eating ice cream with a wooden spoon. 

This is his second book. His first, Show-Me Kings: Bootheel Ball, The Cookson Clan, & A Run-And-Gun All-Star Show, celebrated the history of high school basketball in Missouri. A former television producer and health care consultant, Mike has a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and an MBA from the University of Tennessee.


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