By Glenn Stout
Able to Play stocks the inspiring tales of 4 baseball avid gamers. Mordecai "Three Finger"
Brown, Ron Santo, Jim Abbott, and Curtis delight confronted actual demanding situations other
players did not have. With choice and guts, they did not simply triumph over; they
excelled. This booklet is a game-changing occasion of overcoming odds.
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After several long years of struggle, he finally felt that he had established himself as a major league baseball player. For the first time in his career he felt secure enough to tell the Cubs about his medical condition. Ron met with Cubs general manager John Holland and told him everything he could about his disease. Holland understood, and the two men decided it would be a good idea for Ron to tell the entire team. The general manager called a meeting in the Cubs clubhouse before a game. As Ron's teammates sat puzzled before their lockers, Ron stood and told them he had something he wanted to say.
Just before the end of spring training Lachemann approached Jim in the hotel where he was staying and told Jim he had made the Angels starting rotation. " But there were more happy days to come—as well as a few that were not so pleasant. Jim wasn't the first player missing a limb to play in the major leagues. In 1945 outfielder Pete Gray, who lost his arm in a train accident, played one season for the St. Louis Browns. That same year pitcher Bert Shepard briefly pitched in the big leagues after losing his leg in World War II.
Mordecai's job was to place the feed in a chute that delivered it to the blades. The boys had used the machine many times before and never had any trouble. On this day, however, something went wrong. Mordecai might have become distracted or placed too much feed into the chute, but as he reached down and pushed the feed ahead, he went too far. The razor-sharp blades closed down on the fingers of his right hand. Suddenly, all Mordecai and his brother saw was blood. Mordecai instantly screamed out in pain and his brother immediately stopped cranking the machine.
Able to Play. Overcoming Physical Challenges by Glenn Stout