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Posted August 6, 2012
I was a kid when Jim Abbott was pitching. Living in Michigan we knew of him but did not know him well in baseball because he played primarily on the west coast. Of course when he pitched his no-hitter when he was playing for the Yankees later in his short career, we latched onto him for a brief period.
I am glad I bought this book. Being his was a native of Michigan and that I love baseball I wanted to know more about him. As a baseball fan the book kept me wanting to read more and more. His childhood was much like mine growing up in the public schools. Not having a true disability myself, but always being the shortest kid in my class growing up, I could relate somewhat because I was picked on a lot for my physical appearance. I also loved and played 3 sports like Jim Abbott and like Jim made it my driving goal in life to become the best in my favorite sport. I was able to achieve that on the high school level by becoming starting for my team by being the starting point guard for Varsity starting in 9th grade and by making All-State my sophomore year. I had to over come taller and stronger kids who were fighting for my position. But I made due with my defense, speed, shooting percentage and smarts on the floor. At the start of my junior year I ended up believing all the rhetoric I was being fed to me about how I would never make a college team because of my height. (5'6"), and if I did it would be for a small school and if a NBA recruiter ever saw me I would be written off immediately. When I weighed the options at 16 of taking a part time job after school to make money for my own car, or to continue chasing the dream of being a pro basketball player, I took the job and quit sports. I always wondered how far I could have gone. Reading Jim Abbott's story makes me wonder if I could have made it.
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Posted April 3, 2012
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