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PITCH OUT Stafford resident overcomes cerebral
baseball, there are two kinds of pitchers: the strikeout pitcher and the control
The strikeout pitcher is the flashy kind. The kind that throw fast balls at
record speeds. The kind that end up in the hall of fame.
Tommy Sherman is not that kind of pitcher.
He's the kind who limps to the field. The kind who throws at two speeds: slow
But it turns out that in baseball it's not just the fast pitchers who are
successful. There's room for the slow, brainy, tricky pitchers, too.
That's why Sherman, 19, says the pitching mound gives him the even playing field
he rarely finds in real life.
Sherman has cerebral palsy. He was 3 when his parents, both baseball nuts, found
out about the disability.
"You just naturally assume that when you have a child who has a problem with the
way they walk or the way they move their body that sports are the last thing
they'll do," said Sherman's mother, Susan Sherman.
But Sherman never doubted he'd be a baseball player. His father coached
Sherman's cousin Chuck Shackleford on a Little League team, and Sherman became