Ben Petrick, former MLB catcher for the Colorado Rockies and Detroit Tigers, was just 22-years old when he was diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson's. Determined to have a career in the majors, Ben did his best to hide the symptoms of the disease. He played in 240 major league games, all but 19 of them knowing he had Parkinson's. But the rigors of playing baseball forced Ben to retire at the end of the 2004 season.
Living the diamond behind, Ben the became the caregiver to his daughter Makena, going from playing for a crowd of 40,000 to one-- his daughter. His inspiring story is detailed in his new memoir, Fourty Thousand to One.
- Book Event
- Sunday, June 3, at 3:00pm
- Glencoe High School, Ben Petrick Baseball Field
For more information on Ben and his book, visit his website.