By Steve LaMontia, MSBL Director of Communications
On October 28th while competing for the Houston Old Stars of the 55+ Cactus division at this year’s MSBL World Series, hurler Ron Saslow threw an MSBL record 12-inning complete game victory at Peoria Stadium as his Old Stars defeated the Utah Braves, 12-11. That was an amazing achievement and worthy of national recognition, as evidenced by a special plaque presented to Ron by Steve Sigler.
45 minutes later, events took a dramatic turn for the worse. While navigating a return trip to Tempe Diablo Stadium a truck jumped the median and crushed Ron’s SUV. Ron suddenly began a fight for his life.
“The plaque will be a fun reminder of the unusual accomplishment, but more importantly, an important reminder of how fast life can change,” stated Saslow. “I went from two of my favorite weeks of the year to four weeks in hospitals going through multiple surgeries fighting for my life and then trying to have my body rebuilt! Literally 45 minutes from the last pitch of the game, to a truck jumping the median and crushing my SUV a few blocks from Tempe Diablo.”
As you can see from the enclosed pictures, Ron, founder and managing partner of Thirty-5 Capital in Chicago, is lucky to be alive.
“It’s just crazy. Luckily, the doctors in Arizona and now Chicago have fixed my 11 broken ribs, three compound fractures in my non-pitching arm, a collapsed lung and a lacerated spleen.”
Ron may not be here telling this story if it weren’t for a very brave hero who pulled him out of his burning car. (see post below)
In conclusion, Ron is a fighter and will be back on the field in 2021, guaranteed.
“Thanks, Steve Sigler, for another great tournament and finally a big thanks for the plaque celebrating my 12-inning complete game. Now the rehab begins! I can’t wait to shake your hand next year when I register my team. I will be back!”