Don’t Let Your Condition Become A Problem

john foppe
A broken arm represents a problem.  A person born without arms, as was my friend, John Foppe, has a condition.  Early on, John’s parents determined they would not let his “condition” become a problem.
This reminds me of two of my favorite baseball players.  The first is Pete Gray who, in my opinion, belongs in Baseball’s Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.  I say this even though he played only one year in the major leagues, was not a regular and never hit a home run.  Despite these facts, his story is tremendously inspirational and serves as an encouragement for many people.  Pete Gray had only one arm, but he played outfield for the St. Louis Browns in 1945 on what was possibly the weakest major league team ever.  But when you make it to the top – wherever the top might be at that time – with only one arm in a field of endeavor which demands enormous athletic skill, you’re a winner to the nth degree.
My other favorite baseball player is Jim Abbott who was a Major League Baseball player from 1989 to 1999.  Jim was born without a right hand but he starred at Michigan where he won the “Golden Spikes” award in 1987 and became the first baseball player ever to win the Sullivan Award in 1988.  From there he led the U.S. to the 1988 Olympic Gold Medal.  In 1989, Jim Abbott skipped the minor leagues and went directly to the major leagues.  He was a big factor in the Angels’ push for the American League Western Division title in 1995.  He throws a 94-miles-per-hour fast-ball and has a marvelous slider.  He notched his first major league shut-out and complete game by defeating Roger Clemens and the Boston Red Sox 5-0 with a four-hitter.
I think you’ll agree these two men did not let their condition become a problem.  That’s good advice for all of us.  SEE YOU AT THE TOP!

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