by C2Cigars - 38 cards (Last updated on Mar. 21, 2018)

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. 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.

Mar. 6, 2018 - 10:42AM
Mar. 6, 2018 - 10:50AM

Lance Armstrong?  "Overcame, and Succumb?"

Mar. 6, 2018 - 12:51PM

Former Sabres goaltender Clint Malarchuk came back from one of the most gruesome game injuries in sports history. A skate blade severed his carotid artery and jugular vein. Remarkably, he was back on the ice 10 days later.

Mar. 21, 2018 - 11:33AM

Here I would think be one, USMNT and Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Tim Howard overcame Tourette's and OCD.

Mar. 21, 2018 - 12:42PM
Billy Kingsley

NASCAR driver Stephen Wallace and former NBA player Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf both have Tourettes. 

Chris Bosh lost his career due to recurring blood clotsvand it appears Mirza Teletovic has as well. 

Not sure if it counts but NBA Hall of famer Tracy McGrady has narcolepsy.

Mar. 21, 2018 - 4:15PM

Here’s another one:

Vickers was able to endure blood clots in his leg and around his lungs from 2010 to 2016-17, when he raced less, and eventually retired, due to heart problems.

Mar. 21, 2018 - 11:16PM

Phil Kessel, testicular cancer - overcame

Mar. 22, 2018 - 1:11PM

Kevin Love recently made public his fight with anxiety.

Daniel Poncedeleon pitched in Spring Training with the Cardinals this year, a year after getting hit in the head by a line drive comebacker that required brain and skull surgery.

Korey Stringer died after a pre-season practice from heat stroke.

Apr. 7, 2018 - 9:10AM

Ted Williams had his body frozen, so they can bring him back to life later.  In the meantime, his head has fallen off.  So he could potentially make this list at a later date.

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