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

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

by Rick Swaine
     
 

ISBN-10: 0786418281

ISBN-13: 9780786418282

Pub. Date: 07/01/2004

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

Few baseball fans are aware of the number of players with disabilities who have succeeded in the majors. Much of this unawareness is due to the affected players themselves who downplay weaknesses and tend to minimize their disabilities, considering them just one of the chinks in the armor that everyone must deal with.

More than 20 players who have overcome their

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Overview

Few baseball fans are aware of the number of players with disabilities who have succeeded in the majors. Much of this unawareness is due to the affected players themselves who downplay weaknesses and tend to minimize their disabilities, considering them just one of the chinks in the armor that everyone must deal with.

More than 20 players who have overcome their disabilities to have major league careers are profiled in this work. 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:
07/01/2004
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
239
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.62(d)

Table of Contents

1Missing limbs or extremities
Jim Abbott9
Hugh "One Arm" Daily19
Pete Gray24
Monty Stratton34
Bert Shepard40
2Several damaged limbs
Lou Brissie48
Whitey Kurowski54
Eddie Kazak60
Charley Gelbert62
Bo Jackson68
Dave Dravecky75
3Maimed or disfigured extremities
Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown82
Charley "Red" Ruffing89
Hal Peck96
Carlos May97
Gil Coan104
Jim Mecir106
4Impaired organ function or chronic illness
William "Dummy" Hoy112
George "Specs" Toporcer123
Chick Hafey128
Ron Santo132
Russ Christopher140
Joe Hoerner144
John Hiller147
Danny Thompson150
Walt Bond156
5Neurological and psychological disorders
Grover Cleveland Alexander159
Tony Lazzeri168
Jimmy Piersall170
Jim Eisenreich184
6Other disabilities192

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