Originally posted on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 7/9/13
The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Paul Risso , a right-handed pitcher out of the College of San Mateo, with the 113th overall pick in the sixth round of the 1973 Major League Baseball Draft. Unfortunately, a career-ending shoulder injury in Risso's final college game ended his big league dreams. Or so he thought. Now 60, Risso is trying to make a comeback, and in May, the civil engineer and father of five took his low-80s fastball and tried out for the St. Paul Saints, an independent league team in Minnesota. Risso didn't make the team, but he did make an impression on Saints pitching coach Kerry Ligtenberg, a former Major League reliever who appeared in 386 games over eight seasons with the Braves, Orioles, Blue Jays and Diamondbacks. "I think he could get hitters out in this league," Ligtenberg told the Today Show . "I don't know if he could do it consistently, but it's impressive. You know, I'm only 42, and I don't think I could do what he's doing." Risso's pursuit of a comebac...
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