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Rick Horton  

Motivational Speaker, Former Major League Baseball pitcher

Rick Horton saw the end of Busch Stadium, former home of the St. Louis Cardinals, from the KPLR-TV Channel 11 broadcast booth where he has been the color commentator for two seasons. He will see the inaugural season of the new Busch Stadium continuing his coverage of forty Cards games in ’06.

A former Major League Baseball pitcher and World Series winning team member, Horton’s deep background on the field has made him ideal for the role of “color guy”.

He honed his skills quickly in a town whose fans have been dubbed “The Best Fans In Baseball.” Though Horton enters only his third full season of broadcasting Redbird games, his broadcast education began in St. Louis in 1996 when he joined “Sports Plus with Mike Bush” as a baseball analyst on NBC affiliate KSD-TV Channel 5. A year later he was sitting in for vacationing KMOX radio announcer Mike Shannon and save the 2002 season he has continued to do so. Along the way he mastered his craft through work with sports radio KFNS and Fox Sports Midwest before landing the most demanding broadcast job in baseball: filling in the gaps with interesting, informative and witty commentary about the game, the players, the managers, the umpires and every other aspect of what takes place on the baseball field.

Though best known by the public at large for his years in baseball, Horton is a man of diversity and has been the Director of the St. Louis Area Fellowship of Christian Athletes for nearly a dozen years. Additionally, Horton is a much sought-after speaker by such corporate giants as IBM, General American Life, Anheuser-Busch, Anheuser-Busch Credit Union, St. Louis Rams, the Governor’s Leadership Conference and the Vitae Caring Foundation addressing issues such as teamwork and achievement and telling entertaining stories from the game.

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