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Maplewood-South Orange Book Festival to Feature Talk and Signing with Keith Hernandez

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Legendary first baseman Keith Hernandez will be having a talk and signing in honor of his memoir, I'm Keith Hernandez, at The Woodland (60 Woodland Avenue, Maplewood) from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 9, according to a press release from the Maplewood-South Orange Book Festival.

Hernandez will be in conversation with longtime NY1 personality Budd Mishkin.

Admission tickets to Hernandez's talk, a copy of his book, and a chance to meet him and have a book signed, are $30.

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There are a limited number of $15 student tickets available, which provide admission to Hernandez's talk, and a chance to meet him.

Tickets can be purchased here.

Seating is general admission. Line-up will begin at 9 a,m., and seating will start at 9:30 a.m. Hernandez's talk will be start at 10 a.m., and the signing will immediately follow the talk. Attendees must present a copy of their ticket--either print or electronic--for admission, at which time they will be given a copy of Hernandez's book. No tickets will be sold in person at the venue the day of the event, according to organizers.

Event organizers also stated that dedications and the signing of memorabilia is prohibited. Candid photographs are allowed at the signing table.

Event organizers provided the following biography of Hernandez;

Keith Hernandez revolutionized the role of first baseman. During his illustrious career with the World Series-winning St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets, he was a perennial fan favorite, earning eleven consecutive Gold Gloves, a National League co-MVP Award, and a batting title. But it was his unique blend of intelligence, humor, and talent--not to mention his unflappable leadership, playful antics, and competitive temperament--that transcended the sport and propelled him to a level of renown that few other athletes have achieved, including his memorable appearances on the television show Seinfeld.

Now, with a striking mix of candor and self-reflection, Hernandez takes us along on his journey to baseball immortality. There are the hellacious bus rides and south-of-the-border escapades of his minor league years. His major league benchings, unending plate adjustments, and role in one of the most exciting batting races in history against Pete Rose. Indeed, from the Little League fields of Northern California to the dusty proving grounds of triple-A ball to the grand stages of Busch Stadium and beyond, I'm Keith Hernandez reveals as much about America's favorite pastime as it does about the man himself.

What emerges is an honest and compelling assessment of the game's past, present, and future--a memoir that showcases one of baseball's most unique and experienced minds at his very best.

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