On May 25th, 1999, I received a call from a friend of mine who was a trainer in minor league baseball. He told me that the Tampa Rays were thinking about using their first Major League Baseball draft pick (the first overall pick in the draft) on Josh Hamilton, a local high school baseball player. The trainer explained to me that Josh hadn't had an eye examine in over a year and that everyone wanted to make sure Josh was performing with peak vision.
I was very familiar with Josh but it wasn't just because of his baseball ability.
I was also teaching the high school Sunday school class at my church at the time. The students had brought his name up for a couple of years since he was their age, a very good athlete and very outspoken in his faith in Christianity.
So, naturally, I was excited to meet him.
Josh spoke with a reporter from the News and Observer later in the day and the next day they reported that he had 20/10 vision. (Click here to read stories from other athletes and coaches who were around Josh as he grew up in this area.)
I haven't checked Josh's eyes since that visit, but I have kept "an eye out" for reports on his vision (ok, sorry for the pun). I have recently read that his acuity is 20/15. (click here to read an article).
In my book, See To Play, I discuss how there are many factors that go into how well an athlete sees and that visual acuity can actually fluctuate from time to time. For example, I've tested athletes at 20/10 one time and then 20/15 during later vision tests. Nutrition and fatigue can play some role in this occurrence.
Visual acuity is the first building block to an athlete's visual system. Read my book to learn about all the building blocks!
I've included a picture of me with Josh...back in the day! Of course, I'm the only one wearing glasses!!
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