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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


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ISBN-13: 9780786418282
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 07/01/2004
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 239
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Author’s Note 1

Introduction 3

One: Missing Limbs or Extremities

Jim Abbott 9

Hugh “One Arm” Daily 19

Pete Gray 24

Monty Stratton 34

Bert Shepard 40

Two: Severely Damaged Limbs

Lou Brissie 48

Whitey Kurowski 54

Eddie Kazak 60

Charley Gelbert 62

Bo Jackson 68

Dave Dravecky 75

Three: 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

Four: 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

Five: Neurological and Psychological Disorders

Grover Cleveland Alexander 159

Tony Lazzeri 168

Jimmy Piersall 170

Jim Eisenreich 184

Six: Other Disabilities 192

Bibliography 221

Index 227

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