Beating the Breaks: Major League Ballplayers Who Overcame Disabilities / Edition 2

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Overview

Few baseball fans are aware of the number of players with disabilities who have succeeded in the majors. The affected players themselves of course downplay weaknesses and tend to minimize their disabilities. More than twenty players who have overcome disabilities to achieve major league careers are profiled in this work; others are given briefer write-ups. The book is divided by type of disability suffered: missing or partially missing limbs or extremities (Jim Abbott, Hugh "One Arm" Daily, Pete Gray, Monty Stratton, Bert Shepard); injured or diseased limbs (Lou Brissie, Whitey Kurowski, Eddie Kazak, Charley Gelbert, Bo Jackson, Dave Dravecky); disfigured extremities (Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown, Charley "Red" Ruffing, Hal Peck, Carlos May, Gil Coan, Jim Mecir); impaired organ function, vision, and hearing (William "Dummy" Hoy, George "Specs" Toporcer, Chick Hafey, Ron Santo, Russ Christopher, Joe Hoerner, John Hiller, Danny Thompson, Walt Bond); and neurological and psychological disorders (Grover Cleveland Alexander, Tony Lazzeri, Jimmy Piersall, Jim Eisenreich).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786418282
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/1/2004
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 242
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Society for American Baseball Research member Rick Swaine has been a contributor to The Baseball Research Journal, The National Pastime and the SABR Bio Project. Semi-retired from an accounting career, he coaches youth baseball and still plays in an adult league for the Tallahassee Classics. He lives in the Tallahassee, Florida area.

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Table of Contents

1 Missing limbs or extremities
Jim Abbott 9
Hugh "One Arm" Daily 19
Pete Gray 24
Monty Stratton 34
Bert Shepard 40
2 Several damaged limbs
Lou Brissie 48
Whitey Kurowski 54
Eddie Kazak 60
Charley Gelbert 62
Bo Jackson 68
Dave Dravecky 75
3 Maimed or disfigured extremities
Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown 82
Charley "Red" Ruffing 89
Hal Peck 96
Carlos May 97
Gil Coan 104
Jim Mecir 106
4 Impaired organ function or chronic illness
William "Dummy" Hoy 112
George "Specs" Toporcer 123
Chick Hafey 128
Ron Santo 132
Russ Christopher 140
Joe Hoerner 144
John Hiller 147
Danny Thompson 150
Walt Bond 156
5 Neurological and psychological disorders
Grover Cleveland Alexander 159
Tony Lazzeri 168
Jimmy Piersall 170
Jim Eisenreich 184
6 Other disabilities 192
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