Trevor Hoffman has a commanding presence in person and he certainly did on the mound during his Hall of Fame pitching career. But it took nature and nurture to place him in the position to go for his goal early on.
As we learned in the first segment of the 1998 One on One program, at 6 weeks old Trevor had a defective kidney removed, restricting him from contact sports as a kid, but he still played basketball and baseball. As an infielder at Savanna High School he had a good arm but couldn't hit for power because he was small, 5'2", and skinny, 110 pounds. Watching his older brother Glenn playing with the Boston Red Sox, Trevor decided the Big Leagues is where he wanted to be. This seemed unlikely, though, until he grew. This excerpt picks up the story there.