DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - Mike Jones is a pitcher for the North Alabama Indians Senior Baseball Adult League. He is 69 years young.
"Now at my advanced age I have moved to pitch some, because we just really needed it," said Jones. "But I grew up a shortstop and a middle infielder."
What is not evident is that Jones is a former polio patient.
Jones said it was quite a blow for his family. He didn't walk until the age of 5.
Now considered quite the athlete, it's ironic because at one time doctors didn't believe he would ever walk again. But they didn't know Mike's dad.
"My dad would come home from work every day at dinner and before he would leave, he would lay me down on a table and take my legs and my feet and put them all the way down and all the way back," Jones said.
Through the tears, the paternal instinct worked, and the younger Jones escaped the withering condition.