Fuld defies odds, lands in Cubs' outfield

Despite having Type 1 diabetes, Stanford graduate pressed on to realize his dream

Originally Published: August 12, 2009
By Anna Katherine Clemmons | ESPN The Magazine

Sam Fuld didn't carry around the typical teddy bear or worn-down baby blanket when he was young. He carried a book of numbers.

"He had a baseball stats book with him all the time, like a security blanket," said his mother, New Hampshire state senator Amanda Merrill. "He kept the history of the game and numbers. That's what he loved."

Those dual devotions have stayed with the 27-year-old Durham, N.H., native. Despite toggling between Triple-A Iowa and the Chicago Cubs' active ...

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