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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 decision and guts, they did not simply triumph over; they

excelled. This e-book is a game-changing get together of overcoming odds.

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A catcher, he was named to the All City team three times and led his team to three straight league championships. His high school career culminated when he was named to the Hearst High School All-Star team and traveled to New York City to play in a high school all-star game at the Polo Grounds, then the home of the New York Giants of the National League. By the time he returned to Seattle nearly every major league team was eager to sign Ron Santo to a contract. Today, a player of Santo's ability would be subjected to the baseball draft and only one team would have the right to sign him, but there was no draft in 1958.

He gave a brief speech but after only a few words was too overcome with emotion to continue. "This wasn't a day," he said later. " By letting the world know that he had diabetes, thousands of fans learned about the disease and began to understand just how difficult it had been for Ron to play. 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 ...

Mordecai was a talented young player and soon found his place on several different local teams. A good hitter, Mordecai had little trouble holding the bat with his damaged hand. In fact, he was a switch hitter, batting left-handed against right-handed pitchers and right-handed against lefties. He was a good fielder, too, and primarily played third base. His throwing arm, despite the injuries to his hand, was strong. The only difficulty he had throwing was the unusual spin his damaged fingers put on the ball, which gave the ball a natural break or sinking action.

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