Our friend Christine Coleman from Aaron Miles’ Fastball sent along the following note this morning. There are only three days left in this Kickstarter but it sounds like quite a worthy one to back. Per their Facebook page, they are actually up to $1,964. Help them get over the finish line!
So close, yet so far away.
With only three days remaining, the Kickstarter campaign is 73% funded at $1,830 raised through Monday. Thank you so much to all the backers who have put their faith and pledges toward this book project. I’m hard at work writing the manuscript, interviewing those who knew Ken, and trying to track down contact information for former teammates to arrange more interviews.
On Saturday, I had a great conversation with Tommy John, who pitched for 26 seasons in the major leagues from 1963 to 1989. He and Ken were teammates on the Chicago White Sox in 1967 and 1968. I’m hoping to talk with three more players this week.
I’ve been in touch with a photographic archive that has some very nice photographs of Ken that I think would make great additions to the book. Many of these are not available anywhere online. These will cost $103.00 each to use and I have selected five photos I’d like to include. A nice color photo of Ken that I’m considering for the front cover will cost about $450.00. This will give you an idea where some of your pledges will go if the campaign is successful before Thursday.
In addition, I’m also hoping to purchase a new biography of Frank Lane, the controversial Cardinals GM during Ken’s early career in St. Louis, as well as a few older books that I’ll need for my research.
I’m not sure what else I can offer to encourage an additional $670 in pledges between now and Thursday. I’ve written emails and posed on my Facebook page and Twitter feed asking for contributions, which is very hard for me because I hate asking anyone for money, especially in today’s economy. Please share the Kickstarter page with anyone you think may be interested in Ken, the Cardinals, or baseball history.
To my backers, if the total remains unchanged between now and Thursday, please consider increasing the amount of your pledge if you can. I’ll see what I can do to give you more rewards for your increased pledges.