James Perdue Believed He Was On Top Of The World Before His Spinal Cord Injury

Baseball was James Perdue's favorite pastime.

Baseball was James Perdue’s favorite pastime.

Editor’s Note: 48 year-old Dr. James Perdue, of Gallatin, Tennessee, has traveled from the highest peak that life has to offer to the lowest spot on earth. His life has a message for each of us, through each stage of his incredible journey. Part 1 of a 5 part series.

“At 19-years old, I was invincible,” Perdue explains. “I had a girlfriend for my junior and senior years in high school. I was batting over .400 and playing pitcher, outfield and first base. On the days I didn’t pitch, I’d play one of the other two positions, and I was the designated hitter for whoever pitched. I didn’t care very much about academics; I made grades just good enough to get by. I knew I was going to get drafted into the majors either right after high school or within my first 2 years of college. Life was the best it could possibly be.”

For Perdue’s last 2 years of high school, he was voted the Most Valuable Player, he was all county and all district, and he’d just received a scholarship to play at Martin Methodist College in Tennessee. He led the county in home runs, and for his last 3 years in high school, he lettered in baseball.

Perdue explains, “I had three reasons for going to college. The first reason was to get drafted into a professional baseball league, second, to meet all the women I could, and number three, to party.” Academics were a chore that Perdue performed unwillingly and planned to study just enough to be eligible for baseball. “I never planned to get a degree,” Perdue explains. “College was just the next step to getting into major league baseball. I really felt like I was invincible.”

During Perdue’s first college baseball game in the fall, Perdue had two hits, stole a base successfully and had a walk. He had about as good a game as a college player could have, without hitting a grand slam home run. After the game, Perdue told his mother, “Nothing can stop me now. I feel like this is the first step towards me and my professional baseball career.”

Perdue says now, “Later I felt like the fellow who said, ‘Not even God Himself can sink the Titanic.’ We know that God didn’t have to sink the Titanic. An iceberg did it for Him.”

To learn more about James Perdue’s motivational speaking, go to www.onemoreplay.net, or email him at james.perdue@comcast.net.

Next: Superman James Perdue Meets His Kryptonite

About the Author: For the last 12 years, John E. Phillips of Vestavia, Alabama, has been a professional blogger for major companies, corporations and tourism associations throughout the nation. During his 24 years as Outdoor Editor for “The Birmingham Post-Herald” newspaper, he published more than 7,000 newspaper columns and sold more than 100,000 of his photos to newspapers, magazines and internet sites. He also hosted a radio show that was syndicated at 27 radio stations; created, wrote and sold a syndicated newspaper column that ran in 38 newspapers for more than a decade; and wrote and sold more than 30 books. Learn more at http://www.nighthawkpublications.com

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