Past big-leaguers who persevered get insert set in 2015 Topps Update

PeteGrayPete Gray is one of Major League Baseball’s more unusual finds in the record books and now he can be found in packs of 2015 Topps Update as a player in its Pride & Perseverance insert set.

It’s a 12-card set showcasing past and present players who have had obstacles in life that didn’t stop them from appearing in a big-league game.

Some of their stories are more obvious than others. Gray made it to the majors without a right arm lost in an accident as a child. He played 77 games for the St. Louis Browns in 1945, hitting .218 with 13 RBI while also playing in the outfield. Curtis Pride, a big-leaguer for 13 seasons, was deaf. Jon Lester and Anthony Rizzo have toppled cancer. George Springer was a stutterer when younger, while Jim Eisenreich had Tourette’s Syndrome.

According to Topps, the set was pitched by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society.

“People with disabilities are often looked at for what they can’t do instead of being appreciated for what they can do. We hope these cards will help people take a closer look at the potential of people with disabilities,” said, Mark O’Neal, the PBATS President and Chicago Cubs Director of Medical Administration. “Imagine if a child or the parent of a child with a disability, by simply opening a pack of baseball cards, discovers that one of their heroes was legally blind or deaf or has battled cancer? They would truly feel empowered and encouraged.”

Checklist
1 – Buddy Carlyle
2 – Curtis Pride
3 – George Springer
4 – Jake Peavy
5 – Jason Johnson
6 – Jim Abbott
7 – Jim Eisenreich
8 – Jon Lester
9 – Pete Gray
10 – Sam Fuld
11 – William Hoy
12 – Anthony Rizzo

>> Click here to buy boxes of 2015 Topps Update

 

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