From the time he was a little kid up until today, Coleman Shannon, a 14-year-old from Johnsonville, S.C., has always been the best on the little league field. Now the teen can add a no-hitter to his resume. The really amazing part of this story? Shannon was born with only one arm!
Kyle Daniel, one of Shannon’s coaches, told SCNow.
“The other night, when he pitched the no-hitter, that was a tearful moment. 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.”
Shannon was always determined to not let his disability define him or his abilities. When his parents tried to fit him with a prosthetic arm he threw it away and never used it according to the Huffington Post.
At 14 Shannon not only wows on the baseball field. He also hunts and plays guitar.
His mother, Jessica Shannon, said she is continually amazed by her son’s determination and perseverance. She said,
“It really is amazing the number of people out there that can do things with ease and choose not to. With Coleman, it’s a determination and something that he strives to do. It’s a feeling that to a parent, you really can’t describe it.”
If Coleman were to make it to the Majors he would be unable to be the first pitcher with one arm to throw a no hitter. One Armed Yankees Pitcher Jim Abbott threw a no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians in 1993. But no one armed pitcher has ever thrown a perfect game…
Watch a video of the amazing story of Coleman Shannon.