People are starving for the inspiration to climb a little higher, even if disabling obstacles demand all they have. Look around, inspirational books and speakers, energy drinks, personal trainers and health clubs are making huge money. Motivated, goal oriented, people want to reach their potential. I want a hero because I want the inspiration to demand the most I have to give.
A hero is somebody who has a resilient, Winners Don’t Quit spirit I can admire and an acceptance of life’s challenges I can strive for and learn from. A hero has the ability, the perseverance, to apply him or herself to a worthwhile goal despite disabling obstacles.
What Makes a Hero a Hero?
A hero overcomes incredible obstacles, whether physical, emotional, social, or whatever, and still has the resilience to be their best. One of my heroes was a person very few people realize was legally disabled, famed New York Yankee Mickey Mantle.
Mickey Mantle appeared in 12 World Series, winning 7 of them. He still holds the records for most World Series home runs (18), RBIs (40), runs (42), walks (43), extra-base hits (26), and total bases (123). He is also the career leader in walk-off home runs, with a combined 13 in regular season and post-season play (12 regular, 1 postseason). He won the triple crown in 1956. He is regarded by many to be the greatest switch hitter of all time,and one of the greatest players in baseball history. Mantle was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974.
Mantle’s Hero Status
Impressive as his baseball playing record is, the truly amazing thing, the thing that gives him a hero status in my mind, is that he set all the records he did despite being disabled by the extremely painful bone weakening disease Osteomyelitis. It was a regular part of his pregame routine to wrap his knees in bandages. Even more than his incredible feats on the field, the measure of Mickey Mantle is the respect and admiration he got from his colleagues.
Early Wynn said, “I played with him in an allstar game and I watched him dress. I watched him bandage that knee, that whole leg–and I saw what he had to go through in order to play, and now I’ll never be able to say enough in praise of him. Seeing those legs, his power becomes unbelievable.”
Fellow Yankee Billy Martin said of his disabled teammate,”I know what a great price he’s paid to be the best. There were many times he played when the average guy would have sat out. That’s why he’s the best there is.”
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