Some baseball and softball players are told that they are too short or too big to be successful. Anyone with those physical attributes may believe that's true, but don't tell that to Coleman Shannon or Jim Abbott, who both made baseball history with just one arm.
On September 4, 1993, Abbott, a tall lefty pitcher for New York Yankees, took the mound against the Cleveland Indians and a lineup that featured Kenny Lofton, Albert Belle, Manny Ramirez and Jim Thome. Though he issued five walks in the contest, Abbott didn't allow a single hit during the game, despite having just one arm.
While many probably assumed that the feat would never happen again, 14-year-old Shannon proved once again that anything is possible.
Shannon, who plays little league baseball in Johnsonville, South Carolina, was born with a medical condition called Amelia and as a result, only has the upper half of his right arm, according to SCnow.com.
On April 24 this year, Shannon followed in Abbott's footsteps and defied all odds by throwing a no-hitter.
"When he pitched the no-hitter, that was a tearful moment," Kyle Daniel, Coleman's coach, told the source. "When you think about what he's been through and how much it's taken him just to get to this point, when he went out and threw the no-hitter, it was just a cheerful time for everyone."
Both Abbott and Shannon have similar techniques. While delivering the pitch, the two hold their baseball gloves under their right arm. After throwing the ball, they quickly grab their glove with their left hand and put it on so they can field any balls hit to them.
Coaches should never count out a player because of a physical setback. It's important to give every young athlete a chance to play, because that's what the game is all about. And who knows, they might become a star player.