Chicago Cubs pitcher, businessman, pastor, author and speaker - those are some of the of the experiences Darcy Fast has embraced during his lifetime.
Darcy played with Hall of Famers Ernie Banks, Ferguson Jenkins, Billy Williams and Ron Santo in 1968, and many thought he would be the pitcher to put the Cubs over the top in 1969. But Darcy was not around to see one of the most famous collapses in baseball history. Was he the missing piece, the lefty out of the bullpen that would have propelled the Cubs to the pennant? Perhaps. But on the way to fulfilling his childhood dream, this missing Cub came to realize there was more to life than sport.
Shortly after leaving a professional baseball career Darcy entered the Christian ministry and served as Senior Pastor of Centralia Community Church for over thirty years. His life has been profiled in the Chicago Sun Times and Sports Spectrum Magazine as well as baseball books and countless newspapers throughout the country. His book - The Missing Cub - a memoir of his baseball career and life's calling was published by Xulon Press in 2008.
Darcy regularly speaks in churches, civic groups, businesses, libraries, schools, and colleges of all levels. He is a lifetime member of the Major Leauge Baseball Players Alumni Association and the Association of Professional Ball Players of America.