The Rally Squirrel, the Cardinals’ adorable unofficial mascot who seemed to inspire them to World Series victory last year, is the focus of a new picture book for kids.
Written and illustrated by life long St. Louis resident Andy Pursley, this book for Cardinal fans of all ages reveals for the first time the legend of the Rally Squirrel. “It was an amazing season, I think the greatest in team history,” he said. “I wanted to celebrate the Cardinals’ triumph, and combining my love of children’s books and baseball seemed like the way to do it”
Mr. Pursley was inspired to write and illustrate the book, his first, during the Cardinals’ playoff run. “Watching the World Series with my son, Gavin, is a memory I’ll never forget and I’ve dedicated the book to him.”
No stranger to the ball field, Mr. Pursley played high school baseball with former St. Louis ardinal’s outfielder, Kerry Robinson. “He’s been a friend to me for over twenty years. Seeing him achieve his dream of playing for St. Louis helped me get through some difficult times on my path to become an artist.” When Mr. Pursley decided to stop playing baseball and pursue art, only his father supported his decision. “I have a very good relationship with my dad. He’s always encouraged me to follow my own path.” Andy continues to fulfill his love of the game by helping out on Gavin’s team. “Being able to practice with a Major League baseball player is something very few people get to experience, and I’ll pass what I’ve learned on to my son.”
Mr. Pursley plans to follow-up Rally Squirrel with something different. “I already have the idea for my next book and several more planned out,” he said. “The story and artwork in each book will offer something new and exciting.”