josh_hamilton.jpgToday, Josh Hamilton is the best player in Major League Baseball, but not so long ago he was crawling through life as a crack addict. His brilliant play this year — only his second year in the majors — is on a pace to make him the first triple crown winner since Carl Yastrzemski in 1971 (the league leader in home runs, rbi’s, and batting average), which makes people  ask, “Where did this guy come from?” When they find out, they call him an inspiration.

Here, in his own words, is where he came from and why he thinks his life was turned around (“It’s a God thing”), from a 2007 essay in ESPN Magazine.
Thanks to Jim Corbley for submitting the link!


  1. This is one of the most inspiring reads from this site. Of course as one who has survived and overcome active addiction, I am hopeful there will be more success stories published here to further inspire and give hope to those quietly suffering.

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