By Glenn Stout
Able to Play stocks the inspiring tales of 4 baseball avid gamers. Mordecai "Three Finger"
Brown, Ron Santo, Jim Abbott, and Curtis delight confronted actual demanding situations other
players did not have. With choice and guts, they did not simply conquer; they
excelled. This booklet is a game-changing get together of overcoming odds.
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He ordered the next hitter to bunt. In fact, he ordered the next seven hitters to bunt. Wrong! Jim cleanly fielded each of the next seven bunts and easily threw out the runners. " Word soon got around that Jim Abbott didn't have a weak spot. Having just one hand made no difference in his performance. Jim was discovering that he could do just about anything he wanted, if he practiced enough. Coach Holec encouraged Jim, with his strong arm, to try out for the football team as a quarterback. Although it took Jim a while to figure out how to take the snap from center without dropping it, Jim soon adapted and led his team to the state semifinals.
When he threw overhand, the ball tended to move sideways, but when he dropped his arm lower and threw from three quarters or sidearm, his pitches sank. When he threw underhand, the ball seemed to rise on its way to the plate. He also learned to keep the batter off balance by changing speeds, throwing one pitch fast and the next pitch slow. In 1901 a new minor league was created, officially known as the Illinois-Indiana-Iowa League because each team was based in one of those three states. Usually referred to as the Three-I League, they placed a team nicknamed the Hottentots in nearby Terre Haute, Indiana, and the club held a tryout.
Jim just tried to ignore them. If anything, the taunts only made Jim want to succeed even more. "My disability pushed me to work harder," he later said. " Once the other kids saw that teasing didn't make Jim angry, they usually stopped. Besides, Jim was often the best athlete on the playground. His mother later said that "Jim has always been well adjusted, self-motivated— academically and in sports. " Despite Jim's disability, when he started playing Little League baseball he was one of the best players in his league.