The author of Beyond Folly shares his memoir of a baseball career cut short by rheumatoid arthritis and a life spent dealing with the consequences.
Hard to Grip
, a memoir by native San Franciscan Emil DeAndreis is a love story to baseball that is also a frank and humorous account of the author's struggles with rheumatoid arthritis, the chronic illness that threw a curve into his life and dashed the hopes of becoming a professional pitcher in the major leagues that he had harbored since he was old enough to throw a ball. Scarcely out of Lowell high school where he was an upand- coming star pitcher for his two-time championship team, Emil discovered the early signs of the disease were hampering his ability to compete, and it became increasingly evident to him as he played throughout his freshman and sophomore years in the D1 Leagues for University of Hawaii/Hilo that his lifelong dream to go pro was to be only that—a dream, even as he was being courted by the big leagues and about to sign on to play pro ball in Europe.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
EMIL DEANDREIS is the author of Beyond Folly
(Blue Cubicle Press). He is a high school baseball coach, and he teaches English at College of San Mateo. He lives in San Francisco with his wife.