Amputee baseball team playing game in Arizona as part of adult league World Series

Posted at 10:39 PM, Oct 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-15 20:16:18-04

A baseball game in Phoenix making history in its league during the World Series Tournament.

Team Louisville Slugger is made up of military veterans, active duty personnel and college students who are amputees. Because of their physical disabilities, the players strive to test the limitations of prosthetic technology and grow in their rehabilitation process.

Player Todd Reid says he lost his leg after stepping on a landmine in 1991 while serving in the military. However, that didn't stop him from being active. 

"We've never wanted people to feel sorry for us," Reid said.

Over the last 50 years, Reid has been playing softball and baseball. Now he's a retired Mesa police officer living in North Carolina.

"You couldn't find a better group of guys," Reid explained. 

Teammate Jake Thompson says he lost his foot to a birth defect. When he was 10 years old, Thompson started with the team as a bat boy. He's been with them ever since.

"You get away from your problems and you just leave everything on the field," Thompson said. 

The team is coached by former Major League Baseball players Curtis Pride, Mike Cather and Kimera Bartee. 

Bartee explained that the game really is all about having fun.

"Bringing a bunch of guys who want to get out there and mix it up in the dirt and grass and have some fun," he said.

The Men’s Senior Baseball League/Men’s Adult Baseball League was founded in 1988 and is the fastest-growing adult baseball organization in the United States.

As part of the celebration of the league's 30th anniversary, over 340 teams are traveling throughout the country to compete.