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Little boy plays with big heart

Josiah Viera has a rare genetic disorder but lived his dream of playing baseball

Updated: November 12, 2010, 4:50 PM ET
By Ben Houser | 'E:60'

HEGINS, Pa. -- Six-year-old Josiah Viera grabs his batting helmet and slowly puts it on his head. The cheers begin. He practices his stance … even mimics his hero, Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard, by spitting in his hands. His teammates are yelling louder now. Almost everyone in sight pauses. It is an at-bat worth watching. Josiah stands 27 inches tall and weighs just 15 pounds.

"Pitch it to me underhand. I don't use the tee," Josiah says to his T-ball coach before he steps ...

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