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    name some "disabled" MLB players. obviously most are healthy individuals but there have been some notable exeptions who played in the majors besides having some more or less severe deformations.

    I'm not talking about career ending injuries here (like a car crash late in the career) but about players that played with their handicap most of their career (or at least a significant part). who are the most notable ones?

    the most famous one is certainly mordecai "three finger" brown who compiled a great career and was evntually voted into the HOF despite his deformed hand. do you know other "disabled" MLB players?
    I now have my own non commercial blog about training for batspeed and power using my training experience in baseball and track and field.

  • #2
    jim abbott comes to mind

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    • #3
      Curtis Pride was the first deaf major leaguer since Dummy Hoy I believe.
      Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they're fascist. Throw some ground balls - it's more democratic.-Crash Davis

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      • #4
        I was incorrect. A deaf player named Dick Sipek played for the Reds in 1945. Also, Herbert "Dummy" Murphy played nine games for the Phillies in 1914.
        Last edited by Honus Wagner Rules; 01-01-2013, 04:07 PM.
        Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they're fascist. Throw some ground balls - it's more democratic.-Crash Davis

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        • #5
          Seems there was some guy named Pete Gray....

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          • #6
            You could also count RA dickey. he does not have a huge deformation but he was born without a UCL (an important ligament for throwing-a UCL tear means tommy john surgery and one year missed).

            wasn't there a pitcher with only one hand?
            I now have my own non commercial blog about training for batspeed and power using my training experience in baseball and track and field.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by dominik View Post
              You could also count RA dickey. he does not have a huge deformation but he was born without a UCL (an important ligament for throwing-a UCL tear means tommy john surgery and one year missed).

              wasn't there a pitcher with only one hand?
              Um, see post #2

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              • #8
                Ron Santo had severe diabetes. Does that count?
                My top 10 players:

                1. Babe Ruth
                2. Barry Bonds
                3. Ty Cobb
                4. Ted Williams
                5. Willie Mays
                6. Alex Rodriguez
                7. Hank Aaron
                8. Honus Wagner
                9. Lou Gehrig
                10. Mickey Mantle

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by GiambiJuice View Post
                  Ron Santo had severe diabetes. Does that count?
                  Eventually cost him both legs and his life, so I say yes

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                  • #10
                    Did Santo have diabetes when he played?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Macker View Post
                      Did Santo have diabetes when he played?
                      Yes, his whole MLB career. I believe he sometimes had to inject himself with insulin during games.
                      They call me Mr. Baseball. Not because of my love for the game; because of all the stitches in my head.

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                      • #12
                        Jim Eisenreich famously had Tourette's Syndrome with which he missed three seasons.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Cap78 View Post
                          Um, see post #2
                          thanks. I didn't knew his name but I googled him now. he had a quite solid career finishing with a 87-108 record, a 4.25 ERA and 1674 IP. also 4 consecutive 200 IP seasons and one very good season when he finished 3rd in the CY voting (243 IP, 142 ERA+, 7.4 WAR)
                          I now have my own non commercial blog about training for batspeed and power using my training experience in baseball and track and field.

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                          • #14
                            "Three-Finger" Brown?

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                            • #15
                              Antonio Alfonseca has six fingers on each hand - however, he definitely wasn't twice as good as Mordecai Brown.

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