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By Randall Shelden

Rick Stevens used to be a shy and introverted baby until eventually he picked up a baseball. He quickly found that he had expertise as a glass yet suffered from nerves and tension. 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 strength. He had occasional flashes of brilliance – pitching no-hitters in summer season and wintry weather leagues - yet gave up after a mediocre yr in university and joined the Naval Reserves. whereas in boot camp and a coaching institution in San Diego he met a catcher named Tom Powell who had suffered many accidents and, like Rick, had dropped out of school to hitch the army. They have been either despatched to the army Base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii to start their lively responsibility. The 12 months was once 1965.
Tom signed as much as play at the army baseball workforce in Pearl Harbor and confident Rick to provide it a attempt. With assistance from Laura Wallace, a army nurse at the base, Rick started taking meditation periods. quickly he discovered to regulate his rigidity point and to chill 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 nearly derailed Rick’s hopes and goals approximately baseball.
While pitching with the army, he met former significant league pitcher Clyde Shoun who helped Rick turn into even greater. earlier than Shoun was once capable of touch scouts he knew at the mainland, he died. Rick was once by no means spotted till he attempted out with an self reliant minor league staff in Santa Barbara presently after his lively responsibility interval ended. He started to adventure luck and at last was once spotted through a scout with the la Dodgers and signed a freelance.
An unbelievable 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 boost in baseball that final a life-time. it's a tale approximately our favourite hobby.

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