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By Glenn Stout

Able to Play stocks the inspiring tales of 4 baseball gamers. Mordecai "Three Finger"

Brown, Ron Santo, Jim Abbott, and Curtis delight confronted actual demanding situations other

players did not have. With selection and guts, they did not simply conquer; they

excelled. This e-book is a game-changing social gathering of overcoming odds.

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Although most young pitchers are not mature enough to go straight to the major leagues, the Angels knew that Jim's time on the Olympic team, coupled with his experiences as a one-armed player, had helped him to grow up quickly. 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.

He didn't want anyone, his teammates or his fans, to expect less of him just because he had diabetes. That was why he still wanted to keep it a secret from the general public. Ron's teammates understood. After a few moments one called out, "That's okay, Captain. " The Cubs did more than just play ball. The team responded with their best season in years. They were in the pennant race until mid-August before running out of steam to finish seventh. Still, their record of 82–80 was an improvement of twenty-three wins from 1962.

More important, however, they learned that it was possible to live a fulfilling life with the disease. Although a diagnosis of diabetes would change a person's life, it need not ruin it. As Ron later wrote, "My life changed that day ... " Ron's baseball career continued through the 1974 season. He then retired as one of the best players of his generation and one of the best players in Cubs history, a nine-time All-Star, earning the nickname "Mr. " Beginning in 1990 he then became a popular broadcaster for the Cubs.

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