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40,000 to One (Volume 1)

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ISBN-13: 978-0615583457
ISBN-10: 0615583458
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About the Author

A native of Hillsboro, OR, Ben Petrick was taken by the Colorado Rockies in the second round of the 1995 draft. He was rated as one of the top 100 prospects in baseball from 1997-1999, when he started at catcher in the All-Star Futures Game at Fenway Park alongside Josh Hamilton, Alfonso Soriano, Mark Mulder and Lance Berkman. That September, Petrick was called to the Major Leagues, finishing the season hitting .323 with 4 HR and 12 RBI in just 19 games. Ben experienced his first symptoms of Parkinson's disease in Fall 1999, and was diagnosed with "Parkinsonism" in May 2000. Ben still managed to play four more big-league seasons for the Rockies and Detroit Tigers, while largely keeping his diagnosis a secret. Ben experienced more on-field success in 2000, hitting .322 with 3 HR and 20 RBI in 52 games; however, his performance started to slide in 2001, and he was traded to Detroit in mid-2003. Only when he retired in 2004 did he announce publicly that he had Parkinson's disease — the same disease with which his father, Vern, had been diagnosed just seven months prior to Ben. Ben returned to Hillsboro, marrying longtime girlfriend Kellie Starkey, and moved onto the same street where his parents and brother lived. He eventually became primary daytime caregiver to his daughter, Makena, while Kellie taught third grade. With his Parkinson's symptoms growing worse, in December 2009 Ben elected to undergo a risky and invasive procedure known as Deep Brain Stimulation. Infection that resulted from the surgery nearly killed him. Still, Ben courageously underwent the surgery a second time a year later, this time emerging with miraculous results, as his Parkinson's symptoms were lessened to a great degree. Today, Ben is again active in baseball, coaching at Glencoe High and providing private instruction. He is an advocate for Parkinson's research, traveling the country to speak at various events that benefit the cause. Ben is also founder of Faith In The Game (www.faithinthegame.tumblr.com), a blog containing written submissions by prominent athletes of faith. He lives in Hillsboro with his wife and two daughters.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: KMP Enterprises (March 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615583458
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615583457
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #756,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I finished reading the last page of Ben's book at 1:45 this morning.

In one word, I thought it was stunning.

I originally purchased Forty Thousand to One because I, too, have been diagnosed with early on-set Parkinson's disease. However, it immediately became evident that this book is so much more than just another Parkinson's story or another baseball story. As Ben says in his introduction, "I'm all of us. We all get thrown sooner or later. Maybe it's a death, a divorce or a job loss. We all break. You've been slammed with a cold fist. You're on your knees. Believe me, I get it."

Ben goes on to recount his journey with both honesty and vulnerability sharing stories about his highest of highs - Hitting a double on his first at bat with the Colorado Rockies, "Forty thousand fans stood and cheered. That wall of sound was so dense you could've hung a picture on it. But I didn't smile. I thought moments like these would stretch on until I told them to stop."

To his lowest of lows - In a tribute to his father Ben writes, "He gave me wings and now I was falling from a very, very high place."

Ben's fall would be halted by the lessons learned from the unconditional love of a little girl who wanted and needed exactly what her dad had to give.

After reading this book, you will find yourself rooting for Ben for reasons that have little to do with baseball and everything to do with the strength and wisdom with which he is facing the adversity in his life. For those with Parkinson's, Ben provides a powerful example of how to live our lives with courage and optimism. For those with other challenges, read the book and you will find an ally for your fight. "Believe me, I get it."
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This is one of the most inspirational stories I have read. It was hard for me to put down.
It will give everyone some amazing perspective on lifes struggles. Ben is an amazing example of perserverence. His changing perspective on life and the approach he now takes with Parkinsons will give you pause to conemplate and think. He does not take anything for granted. From being an All Star caliber Major league baseball player, to struggling to get dressed or being "normal" and being a father and husband. He puts himself out there and gives everyone a great apprciation for the little things we all take for granted. not to mention the dreams and goals that can quickly and unexpecedly change in our lives. and his stories are fun, heart breaking, and motivatng and inspiring all at the same time. it's a book about dreams, faith and family.
this is told by a very grounded and humble guy, who has done many great things and inspired countless people.
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This book was hard to put down. An amazing inspirational story about a young man dealing with raising a family, letting go of his baseball career, and dealing with Parkinsons disease. It will change your outlook on life.
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This book is an inspirational story that will give your life perspective. I watched Ben Petrick lead the Glencoe Tide to the Class 4A Oregon state football championship when I was in middle school. I watched his baseball career progress to the Bigs with keen interest as he was a local guy that made it, while always thinking that guys like him had it made. Ben tells his story of his rise to professional sports and his struggle to cope with a debilitating condition that threatened to take it all away. My takeaway from Ben's book is to put faith and family above all.
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I have read this book and found it inspiring. I know Vern Petrick, and have met Ben. This is a very special family. A perfect example of how to deal with lifes adversities. My grandsons will all read this book.My very best wishes, to Ben, as he continues down his life path.
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What a wonderful wake up call to anyone not appreciating the good things happening in their lives. Thank you Ben for sharing very personal parts of your life in order to help others. Once my wife and I picked up the book we couldn't put it down.
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This is a great book about one man's struggle with Parkinson's. I especially enjoyed it because I know Ben and his dad so it was easy to put faces with experiences. I love attending the local Single A Baseball games and seeing Ben out there working with the team.
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An amazing book about an amazing person. Helps you define what greatness is to each person. To any daughter....Daddy is perfect. As an avid Rockies fan, I always wondered what happened to Ben Petrick. Reading what he went through, I respect him so much more as a man than as the great athlete he was was before this disease took over his body.
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