I don’t know, Brown’s missing finger may actually have contributed to some filthy stuff…certainly not the same thing as playing MLB-level baseball with only one complete arm.
Dave Dravecky’s comeback from cancer is an amazing tribute to human courage and fortitude…in fact, I was priveleged to see his comeback game against the Cincinatti Reds @ Candlestick in person. I do not believe there were any dry eyes in the ballpark that day, with the exception of Reds manager Pete Rose whose team lost the game. Rose’s post-game comments were clear—he didn’t begrudge Dravecky’s return to the mound after the year-long hiatus for cancer treatment…but…at the same time he was not happy that his team lost the game and he pointedly declined to act warm and fuzzy about the Giants’ fans happiness.
Unfortunately, in Dravecky’s next start the stress of pitching proved too much for his cancer-treatment weakened arm…his humerus bone snapped during a delivery and that was the end of baseball for him.
There is something truly remarkable about a Jim Abbott who, from birth, could never really be expected to develop and compete in sports at the same level as peers having two complete arms. That he was able to overcome a ‘one-arm handicap’ growing up and then take a place among the best baseball players in the world…well, that is just a very, very rare and profound story.