May 21, 2004

Colorado Rockies' former prospect Ben Petrick retires due to Parkinson's age 27.:
He was diagnosed with the disease when he was only twenty-three years old. He doesn't blame the disease for his failure to become a star, but his early numbers (before the disease was diagnosed) did indicate he was on the path to being a good-to-great baseball player.

posted by grum@work to baseball at 12:39 PM - 1 comment

Some people think Michael J. Fox was exposed to a virus or bacteria that eventually led to Parkinson's (1, 2). Perhaps something similar happened to Ben Patrick, because it's so rare for young people to develop Parkinson's: Johnny Cash, Billy Graham, Pope John Paul II, Muhammad Ali. (Three out of the ordinary posts in a month about Colorado Rockies: Larry Walker's farm, the woman who was stabbed.)

posted by Philfromhavelock at 05:02 PM on May 21

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