Coleman Shannon was born without a right arm from the elbow down. Fourteen-year old Shannon hasn’t let that slow him down, and he is a star pitcher in Johnsonville, South Carolina. He recently threw a no-hitter, and also is a pretty good hitter.
Shannon’s inspirational story is reminiscent of major leaguer Jim Abbott, who was drafted 8th overall in the 1988 MLB Draft by the Angels and also played for the Yankees, White Sox and Brewers. Abbott threw a no-hitter in 1993 while a member of the Yankees. Like Abbott, Coleman Shannon is a left-handed pitcher and looks to have a bright future no matter what he ends up doing, as he has also learned to play the guitar and is driven to succeed.
On his no-hitter, Shannon shows he is already a pro when it comes to the post-game interview: “I got a bunch of people to back me up, that’s the way the game’s supposed to be played.”