In 1974, 36-year-old Richard Pohle was out of shape and almost completely bald. He was frustrated that he never realized his goal of playing professional baseball.
But he still had a dream and that dream would not die.
So he put on a wig, worked out like crazy and changed his identity. He became 21-year-old Rocky Perone. He finagled a tryout with the San Diego Padres, and, incredibly, was signed to a contract.
Pohle was eventually unmasked, but not before realizing his dream of playing - and starring - in a professional baseball game.
This story is inspirational because it shows that it is never too late to pursue your dreams, no matter the odds – even if those odds appear insurmountable.