By Randall Shelden

Rick Stevens used to be a shy and introverted baby till he picked up a baseball. He quickly stumbled on that he had expertise as a glass yet suffered from nerves and pressure. He pitched perfectly from a pitching mound his dad in-built their yard, but if he used to be pitching in entrance of his friends he used to be so fearful and under pressure that he might by no means practice as much as his capability. He had occasional flashes of brilliance – pitching no-hitters in summer time and iciness leagues - yet gave up after a mediocre 12 months in collage and joined the Naval Reserves. whereas in boot camp and a coaching tuition in San Diego he met a catcher named Tom Powell who had suffered many accidents and, like Rick, had dropped out of faculty to hitch the military. They have been either despatched to the military Base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii to start their lively responsibility. The yr was once 1965.
Tom signed as much as play at the army baseball workforce in Pearl Harbor and confident Rick to provide it a test. With the aid of Laura Wallace, a army nurse at the base, Rick started taking meditation sessions. quickly he realized to manage his rigidity point and to sit back whereas pitching. His good fortune at the diamond got here immediately, as did Tom’s. an enduring friendship developed.
Rick and Laura fell in love. yet there has been anything she didn't inform him and while she did it virtually derailed Rick’s hopes and goals approximately baseball.
While pitching with the military, he met former significant league pitcher Clyde Shoun who helped Rick develop into even larger. earlier than Shoun used to be in a position to touch scouts he knew at the mainland, he died. Rick used to be by no means spotted till he attempted out with an autonomous minor league group in Santa Barbara almost immediately after his energetic accountability interval ended. He started to event good fortune and at last used to be spotted by means of a scout with the l. a. Dodgers and signed a freelance.
An inconceivable upward push is greater than a baseball tale and the inevitable struggles to make it to the most important leagues. it's also a love tale with its personal struggles. it's a tale in regards to the friendships that enhance in baseball that final a life-time. it's a tale approximately our favourite hobby.

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