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Inside this Book – It was the summer of 1944, ten years before Jonas Salk developed the polio vaccine. The disease was sweeping the nation, prompting full-blown hysteria not only in urban communities in the Northeast, but in rural towns like Five Points, Alabama, in a house like ours. Our real home was about two hundred miles north, in Athens, Alabama, a town of fewer than six thousand people, but my mom and I had come to Five Points to live with my mother’s sister, Edrie Mae, while my dad was off fighting World War II. Without even a single stop sign, there was little reason to slow down on your way through Five Points. Edrie Mae, who we called Sister, ran a country store she and her husband, Julius, owned. It was in their house, ?ust after I turned two, and not long after my dad left for basic training, that I first came down with what my mother thought was the flu. But when she took me to see the local doctor, hoping for something to make me feel better, she learned the diagnosis was far more grim. The thing about polio—a virus that invades the nervous system and can, within a matter of hours, cause total paralysis —was how unpredictable it was. Some kids might get it and be permanently paralyzed; others might never see any effects. The disease struck and weakened my left leg, the worst of it my quadriceps. It’s one of my life’s great fortunes that Sister’s home was only about sixty miles from Warm Springs, Georgia, where President Franklin D. Roosevelt had established a polio treatment center and where he’d often travel to find relief from the polio that paralyzed him at the age of thirty-nine.
Inside this book –The Long Game PDF Book by Mitch McConnell – I’m not sure what, exactly, drew me so strongly to the sport. Maybe it was my way of trying to find someplace to feel at home at a time I otherwise felt so uprooted. Or that even by the age of twelve, I had come to realize that I’d never truly gain the respect of my peers if I didn’t excel in something athletic. Or that the polio, which left me unable to run for long distances, narrowed my choices. It was probably a mix of all those things, but either way, I loved the game. So did my father. The summer of 1955, he took me to see the Augusta Tigers, a Detroit Tigers farm team, no less than thirty-five times. We’d sit in the bleachers, filling up on hot dogs and popcorn, and then race home. Before the screen door even slammed shut behind us, we’d be in front of the radio, turning the dial to the Brooklyn Dodgers game. The Dodgers were my team, and 1955 was their year. It was the fifth time in nine years they’d gone up against the Yankees in the World Series. They’d lost every time, but I believed their day had come. The Yankees won the first two games but the Dodgers came back. The series was tied at 3–3. Just before the seventh and final game, my family and I traveled back to Athens, Alabama, to attend the funeral of my great-uncle Ad.
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