Ed Hearn

Ed Hearn was once best known for his spot on the 1986, World Series Champions, New York Mets roster. Today, Ed is a dedicated father, author, and motivational speaker. He believes in, and has experienced, the power of courage, faith, and determination in the face of life’s most difficult challenges. 

Ed played 13 years of Professional Baseball before his promising career came to a sudden end as the result of a severe shoulder injury. Three months after starting a new career, Ed was diagnosed with three potentially life threatening illnesses. He fought these conditions with strength and determination surviving three kidney transplants and a battle with cancer.

 Ed Hearn's book  Conquering Life's Curves: Baseball, Battles & Beyond

Ed Hearn's book Conquering Life's Curves: Baseball, Battles & Beyond


“Conquering Life’s Curves” is the story of Ed Hearn’s life; one of courage, faith, and motivation, written to encourage others to overcome challenges and experience fulfillment in their own lives. “Conquering Life’s Curves” shares principles applicable to everyday human experience.

After three successful kidney transplants, and thousands of dollars of medication each year, Ed Hearn has come back to live a life that is truly an inspiration to all those around him. 

"Conquering Life’s Curves" will give you a new outlook on life and what it takes to reach those goals which seem so impossible to achieve.


Ed has become one of this nation’s most highly sought after motivational speakers. In 2001, he became the first professional Major League sports athlete from the United States to receive the prestigious Certified Speaking Profession designation from the National Speakers Association. As the author of “Conquering Life’s Curves: Baseball, Battles, & Beyond”, Ed has appeared on hundreds of national radio and television programs including: The Oprah Winfrey Show, The 700 Club, and MSNBC. 

Ed resides in Shawnee, KS with his wife, Trish, and their son, Cody. Ed is very active in various community activities as well as his church and spends countless hours of his time with the youth of Kansas City. In his spare time, Ed enjoys hunting, fishing, and golf.

All proceeds from Ed’s book sales and speaking go directly to support the goals and vision of The Bottom of the Ninth, a Kansas based non-profit founded by Ed that is dedicated to rebuilding the spirit and character of this nation. 

Messages Topics . . .

    • Perseverance
    • The Servant's Heart
    • Fear of Rejection

    • On God's Squad
    • A Man of Faith
    • The Proper Perspective

    • Fitting the Pieces Together
    • Choosing the right teammates
    • The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places
    • Don’t cheat “the man in the glass”
    • It's your choice…the pain of discipline or the pain of regret
    • Winners look toward the future - losers live in the past
    • Sports
    • Schools
    • Businesses
    • Organizations
    • Ministries
    • Athletes
    • Coaches
    • Parents
    • Fans
    • Caregivers
    • Professionals
    • Patients
    • Spring Training Fundamentals

    • Paying the Price for Success

    • The Need for Insurance

    • Case Study - The Ed Hearn Story

    • Knowing the Real Value of the Product

    • Knowing the Needs of Your Client

Prepared Keynotes . . .


From the Penthouse to the Outhouse and BACK

To Ed Hearn, Conquering Life’s Curves is more than just the title of a speech. As a professional athlete, he achieved a level of success that most can only dream about. He put in years of blood, sweat and tears to make that a reality. But, shortly thereafter, life changed.  Ed has taken some of the worst knockdown pitches life has to offer, and he has not only survived, he has thrived.

Today, we live in a culture that is besieged by constant change.  As individuals, companies, and as a country, we face curves that can quickly knock us out of the game of life. In times like these, is your “team” steeled for the challenge or hiding out in the break room? Who are they focused on?  Champions don't think about their own batting average... they don’t think about the fans hollering and screaming in the stands…they think about the prize...the team goal of winning the World Series. 

It is paramount that we have a strong game plan in place that gives us the best chance to turn these curves into homeruns of success and significance. Ed Hearn has been there, done that.  Who better than to “coach” your team? Which of the topics below would enhance the productivity and synergy of those in your organization?

  • We must stop stopping.
  • We are not defined by our past, we are prepared by it.
  • How to develop a panoramic perspective.
  • How to think outside the __________ (no, not “the box!”).
  • How success is different from significance and why it matters...
  • How and why significances breeds success…
  • How the things I do today could affect someone’s forever.
  • How significance will make a difference in their personal and professional lives…


Been There--Done That!


Anyone who has never been a patient or a caregiver battling serious chronic or acute health issues cannot possibly comprehend the hardships associated with these roles.  Ed Hearn has had the unfortunate but unique opportunity to experience both first hand.  A former major league ball player first sidelined by injuries, he was then immediately struck down by kidney failure and multiple chronic health conditions that often left him too weak to care for himself. And just when he thought he had earned his professional status as a patient, his 17-year-old son, Cody was diagnosed with Stage 3 cancer. 

Your audience will learn:

  • How to turn life’s curves into homeruns
  • How humor opens the heart to healing
  • How to tap the power of Perspective
  • How to move from compassion to empathy
  • How pain and suffering can be the stepping stones to the top.


The Key that Opens ALL "Boxes"

In baseball, the bottom of the ninth inning never takes place unless the game is tied or the good guys (the home team) are behind. Today, amidst a culture of constant change, the foundation of our great country is being shaken to its core by greed and self-centeredness.  Enticed by the allure of “achievement” and self-gratification, we can easily lose sight of our highest calling – being SIGNIFICANT.

The clock of time is winding down…now is the time for all Americans to step up to the plate, focus on "the team" and "Think Outside...the SELF."

Your audience will be called to action by:

  • The treasure island of giving
  • We are either givers or takers
  • Being more than you feel.
  • The view from the stands or in the dugout won’t do it.
  • You can’t gain the perspective needed to start hitting homeruns unless you’re in the batter’s box.
  • Tapping the Power of Choice - recognizing and positively reacting to deception.
  • The compounding strength of synergy
  • Our dreams for tomorrow require our preparation today.
  • The things we do today will affect someone’s forever.

**Topics and take-a-ways from this program and all Ed Hearn’s programs are established according to the goals and objectives of the meeting planner and group leadership.



On God's Squad / A Man of Faith

Ed Hearn had a dream – to be a professional athlete - an NFL quarterback or a Major League catcher.  But it was more than just a dream, it was his goal and he pursued it with great zeal.

  • In the beginning the journey towards God was paved by the faithfulness of our parents.

As a youngster, Ed’s parents cleverly shared their faith through the vehicle of Ed’s passion - sports and those who played the game at the highest level.  He would even get to hear several athletes share their personal testimony of faith.  With great admiration and a burning desire he would often pray that God would make him worthy of this kind of platform, both on and off the field.

  • Sometimes you have to be careful what you ask God for!

Yes, those prayers were answered. In 1986, Ed did get to be a Major League baseball player. He even played for a World Series championship team in his rookie year (NY Mets 1986). In that same year, he met a beautiful nurse and they would become teammates for life. The following season, he earned his first starting position when he was traded to the Kansas City Royals who hoped that he would be the final piece of the puzzle that would return them to the World Series.  

  • Sometimes His plans are far different from ours.

Suddenly, after finding the woman he loves and embarking on what should be the most successful period in his life, the fairy tale came crashing down. His perfect world was shattered by a serious career-ending shoulder injury. Sidelined from the game he so dearly loved, his faith was put to the test.

Less than six months after Ed’s baseball career ended, he was diagnosed with three potentially life threatening health conditions. Once a strong, vibrant professional athlete, he was reduced to a man who could barely care for himself.  He clung to his loving wife (a nurse), at times, even doubting his own survival; on at least one occasion even questioning his desire stay in the game.  

  • Sometimes we just want to quit.

At times, Ed grappled with his Savior. Late one night, in a desperate attempt to comprehend the path he was being led down, he barreled through a backdoor of his church and cried out to his Creator. That night God led him to Corinthians 12:7-10:

"...so I was given a thorn in the flesh and three times I begged God to make me well again.  Each time He said, `No, but I am with you; that is all you need.  My strength shows up best in weak people.’  Now I am glad to boast about how weak I am. I am glad to be a living demonstration of Christ's power, instead of showing off my own abilities.  For when I am weak, then I am strong.  The less I have the more I depend on Him."

From that night on, he who once seemed blind now began to see.  Through a series of events, Ed slowly began to see how God had been preparing him for something far greater than just that of being a former Major League player.

  • Sometimes it takes a lot of innings before we really understand the score, but on His team, we know the game is already won. 

God blessed Ed and fulfilled his youthful prayer of one day playing on the fields of his childhood heroes.  But it wasn’t long before He allowed many “thorns in the flesh” to attach Ed’s body and thus initiating a much grander plan for his life.  Today, because of his "weakness", Ed has had the opportunity to share his journey of faith and hope to an ever-increasingly confused world.