Teenager With One Arm Throws No-Hitter, Collects Two Hits, Provides Inspiration (Video)


May 7, 2012

Coleman Shannon not only plays baseball despite having just one arm; he excels at it.

Shannon, a 14-year-old playing youth baseball in South Carolina, recently threw a no-hitter and collected two hits despite being born with a medical condition known as Amelia, according to SCnow.com.

As a result of the condition, Shannon has a partial right arm, which extends to where his elbow is. So when it comes to baseball and various other actions, the young pitcher must rely solely on his left arm.

According to SCnow.com, Shannon even hid the first prosthetic arm he was presented with when he was 2 years old because he felt he didn't need it. Now, 12 years later, he's proving he doesn't need it, becoming a leader for his baseball team.

Shannon reportedly hunts and plays the guitar in addition to starring on his baseball team.

"It really is amazing the number of people out there that can do things with ease and choose not to," Coleman's mother, Jessica Shannon, said. "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."

Although Jessica Shannon is right, and you can't really describe how amazing Coleman Shannon's perseverance is, we'll give it a shot: Inspirational.

A hat tip to NBC Sports' Off the Bench blog for pointing out Shannon's accomplishments.

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