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 conquer; they

excelled. This booklet is a game-changing social gathering of overcoming odds.

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Jim went to a regular school and took the same classes as everyone else. When he did reach an obstacle, there was always someone who would try to help him learn to overcome it. For example, one of Jim's teachers at his school helped him learn to tie his shoes one-handed. It took Jim longer to learn than other kids, but he figured it out. Despite having only one hand, Jim was very athletic. His parents thought that because he had only one hand that soccer might be the best sport for him to play, but Jim didn't like soccer very much.

All I had was smoke," he told a sportswriter later, meaning all he knew how to do was rear back and throw a fastball. The Brazil batters could hardly wait to face him. They were delighted to face an inexperienced pitcher. Batter after batter walked confidently up to the plate, but they soon found themselves headed back to the dugout. Mordecai's fastball wasn't even that fast, but he had good control. More importantly, however, was that every pitch he threw sank just as it crossed the plate, making it difficult for the Brazil hitters to meet the ball squarely.

He was attending a small class when another patient, a woman sitting next to him, suddenly passed out and slumped to the floor. Her blood sugar level had dropped and she had fainted. Ron was still learning about diabetes and assumed it was because the woman was not yet on insulin. Then he learned that she was on insulin, yet had lost consciousness anyway. " He went on to tell Ron that when his blood sugar dropped to a dangerous level, he might begin to feel nauseated or light-headed. His skin might start to look pale and he might even have trouble seeing.

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