The St.Louis Cardinals always host a Caravan stop in a town close to mine (I actually go to college in the town). The stops always include three or four rookies or prospects and three or four retired alumni. The host has a small chit chat about the upcoming year and lets kids or whoever ask a question. It's really fun for kids and adults alike, I usually go because it's scheduled the week of my birthday each year!
I've gotten to meet some really good prospects and former players over the years (been going since 2009). The rules of the caravan are that kids 15 and young only get autographs, but after an hour or so most adults have cleared out and kids with them. Most of the time the Cardinals let whoever is left get autographs and chat with the players.
Ricky Horton has acted as the Emcee once and has been one of the former players featured twice, so I've gotten a few items signed by him.
I have to add that Ricky is one of the nicest guys I have ever met, really genuine and chatty.
Just a few notes about Ricky Horton
Drafted by the Cardinals June 3 1980 4th round
Traded with Lance Johnson and Cash to the White Sox for Jose Deleon
Signed with the Cardinals as a Free Agent July 20 1989
released by the Cardinals July 25 1990
Here are his stats with the Cardinals
|STL (6 yrs)||25||16||.610||3.44||238||44||62||2||1||13||528.1||530||215||202||46||173||41||271|
Post Player Career
In 1991, Horton was a minor league pitching coach in the Cleveland Indians farm system. In 1993, he became the director of the St. Louis Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
In 1997, Horton began filling in on Cardinals television broadcasts on FSN Midwest and radio broadcasts on the Cardinals Radio Network. In 2003, he joined the three-man FSN Midwest television broadcast team, working roughly 100 games per year as well as post-game analysis.
Here are the items I have gotten signed by Mr. Horton
Oh! I almost forgot, here is an awful photo of me and Mr.Horton from this last year's caravan. It was held on my birthday :)
I didn't realize my father had his camera and he snapped a photo. He is not the best photographer in the world. Lol. But Ricky noticed dad had the camera, dad snapped the photo about the same time I had turned around after Ricky had signed my photo
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