by C2Cigars - 33 cards (Last updated on Nov. 17, 2017)

1. 1990 Topps Bazooka #22 Jim Abbott

Born without a right hand. Played 11 seasons, had one no-hitter.

2. 1991 NetPro The Legends #17 Arthur Ashe

His career ended when he was diagnosed with heart disease in 1980.

3. 1962-63 Topps #36 Murray Balfour

In April 1965 a tumor was found in his lung; endnig his career and leading to his death on 30 May 1965.

4. 2010 Wheels Element #98 Trevor Bayne

Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis on 12 November 2013.

Contributor: Billy Kingsley

5. 2015-16 O-Pee-Chee #457 Bryan Bickell

In November 2016 he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Retired at the end of the 2016-17 season.

Contributor: Billy Kingsley

6. 2003-04 Pacific #210 Jason Blake

Blake announced on 8 October 2007 that he had been diagnosed with cancer.

Contributor: Billy Kingsley

7. 1996 Upper Deck USA Olympicards #62 Jeff Blatnik

In 1982, he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, prompting the removal of his spleen and appendix.
After radiation therapy helped to hold the cancer in remission, Blatnick competed in and won a gold medal in the 1984 Olympic Games. He and his teammate were the first Americans to ever win gold in Olympic Greco-Roman wrestling history. Blatnick retired from wrestling after a second round with cancer,

8. 1977 Topps #281 Rocky Bleier

After his rookie season with the Steelers, Bleier was drafted into the U.S. Army. He volunteer for Vietnam. In August 1969, Rocky was wounded in the left thigh by a bullet. While he was down, he received shrapnel in his right leg and lost part of his right foot from a grenade blast. Doctors told him he'd never play football again. Five years later he earned a starting position.

9. 2015-16 O-Pee-Chee #123 Brian Boyle

On 19 September 2017, Boyle announced that he had been diagnosed with a form of blood and bone marrow cancer.

Contributor: Billy Kingsley

10. 1911 T205 Gold Border #NNO Mordecai Brown

Due to a farm-machinery accident when he was 12, Brown lost parts of two fingers on his right hand. He turned this handicap into an advantage by learning how to grip a baseball in a way that resulted in an exceptional curveball.



Oct. 24, 2017 - 3:14PM

Great list. I suggest adding Chris Lee to this list. Current pitcher in Norfolk who is blind in one eye.

Oct. 24, 2017 - 5:34PM

Thanks. Chris Lee added.

Oct. 24, 2017 - 5:44PM
Billy Kingsley

A couple from NASCAR to consider- Trevor Bayne has MS, lost part of the 2012 season due to it but has continued his career.

Matt Tifft had a brain tumor that was discovered due to the mandatory health checks NASCAR has in place. Missed most of 2016 but has returned to competition this year. 

Red Byron was shot down in WWII and lost the use of his leg. They belted him to the car and get won the first NASCAR title, later dying from a heart attack.

In the NBA, DerMarr Johnson broke his neck in a car accident and continued his career after recovery. Chris Gatling had some sort of brain ailment but I don't remember the exact details. 

In the NHL, Saku Koivu, Jason Blake, Phil Kessel and Brian Boyle have all come back from cancer to continue their careers. Brian Brickell has MS and he retired due to it. 

Oct. 24, 2017 - 6:35PM

Brian Piccolo belongs here, too.

Oct. 24, 2017 - 8:07PM

Curtis Pride?

Oct. 25, 2017 - 12:29AM

Here are a few more that might fit the list: (not wanting to get into major details on these)

*NBA: Reggie Lewis (Boston Celtics)- All-Star player that died of a heart attack on the court {Succumb}

*NFL: LB Thomas Davis (now Thomas Davis Sr. and is still with the Carolina Panthers) - Tore ACL in the same knee three years in a row. Still playing AND at a very high level. {Overcame}

*NASCAR ( a couple Billy didn't post):

Brian Vickers - Blood clots in his leg forced him to stop racing b/c of the medicine he took for it (it's against NASCAR drug policy). Overcame that and started racing again. Blood clots reappeared forcing him out again. Currently an analyst for FoxSports. {Both, but still alive and involved the sport.}

Ryan Reed - Diabetic and continues to race. He and his team constantly monitor his blood-sugar levels during the races. {Overcame, so far.}

*MLB: I can't give a name here b/c I can't remember it, but someone else might. A pitcher was hit in the face with a line-drive. It broke his nose and the orbital socket in one eye. He recovered enough to play again, but I don't think he played for too long after that. This was maybe 8-10 years ago.

There can be a lot more added for Racing in many forms, but I'll leave my list at these 4 named players. The first two definitely belong in your list!

Oct. 25, 2017 - 9:55PM

Don't have anyone to add, but I saw Jim Abbott play quarterback in high school, and he was pretty good at that too.

Nov. 16, 2017 - 9:54PM

Here's one:

Jim Kyte

OVERCAME - Only legally deaf player in NHL history

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