(Much of this information has already been shared with my Kickstarter supporters, but I wanted to post it here on the website as well.)
I’ve completed first drafts and edited chapters on Ken’s childhood and minor league seasons (with the exception of his 1950 season in Hamilton), as well as his first four major-league seasons (1955-1958). I decided to skip ahead and begin writing about the 1963 season, in which the Cardinals had a remarkable 19-1 record in September to challenge the Dodgers for the National League pennant and Stan Musial’s playing career ended. I’m still working on 1963, then I’d like to move on to 1964 soon.
I’m especially proud of the chapters on his time spent in the minor leagues. These were formative years in Ken’s professional career and I doubt most fans know about them. I’ve done my best to “recreate” each season’s pennant chase and his role in them.
There’s still work to be done on chapters for Ken’s 1950 minor-league season; his major-league seasons of 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967-1969 (one chapter); his seasons as a minor-league manager and major-league coach (one chapter); his seasons as Cardinals manager; and his final years. Permissions have been secured for several photographs that will be included in the book, which your contributions helped acquire.
When I started this project, it was my goal to publish the book in August so it would be available on the 50th anniversary of the Cardinals’ 1964 World championship and Ken’s MVP season. I’ve not made as much progress as I expected at this stage, however, simply because there’s a lot to research and writing left to do and interviews I’d still like to arrange that will make the finished book so much better. I want it to be as thorough a study of Ken’s life and baseball career as possible because I feel he deserves it.
With this in mind, I’ll continue writing, researching, and interviewing throughout the rest of this year and publish the book in the spring or summer of 2015, which will be the 60th anniversary of Ken’s rookie season in 1955.
I’m grateful for your support and your faith in this project. I promise the extra wait will be worth it!