Absolutely the best feel-good story of the day. World, meet 14-year-old Little League sensation Coleman Shannon. Due to a a medical condition known as Amelia, Shannon's right arm ends at his elbow. But that's not stopping the southpaw from playing baseball and pitching a la Jim Abbott. In fact, he just threw his first no-hitter. His story is an inspiration to all of us.
via South Carolina Now:
The 14-year-old pitcher on one of the Johnsonville little league teams has never seen himself as handicapped. When he was presented with his first prosthetic arm at the age 2, he summarily hid it and refused to use it for the simple fact that he didn’t need it. Since then, Shannon has lived his life as independently as any other kid his age. And he has found his niche on the baseball field.
Shannon has become a force for his team, even tossing a no-hitter against Timmonsville on April 24. When he’s on the mound, he considers himself the leader of the team and arbiter of all action on the field. “I’m the leader of the game,” Shannon said. “I’ve got a bunch of people to back me up and that’s the way the game is supposed to be played.”
Coleman, keep doing your thing buddy. And huge congratulations from all of us.