2.24.2010

Kent Tekulve, 1989 Upper Deck

Name: Kent Tekulve
Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Position: Pitcher
Value of card: $25 co-pay
Key 1988 stat: 14,754 seizures
Throwing and a fit: Some players battle through depression. Others battle addiction. Demons like these can affect a player's performance or derail a career. But for Kent Tekulve, his affliction both made his life difficult and made the game easy. Tekulve had epilepsy, a rare form never before recorded by doctors. Tekulve would only have an epileptic fit when he had a baseball in his hand, readying for his shaky delivery home. Each time he began his windup, a seizure would commence. His head would violently tilt toward the sky, his skinny legs would contour at jagged angles, his chest would protrude and his arms would flail. But with each seemingly discombobulated seizure came a strike; with every disjointed delivery and series of grunts Tekulve's team was one fit closer to victory.

Card submitted by Greg Schindler

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