An injury sustained during birth damaged some important nerves in North County (Glen Burnie, Md.) senior pitcher Gregg Hauck’s neck. How important? Doctors initially considered amputating Hauck’s right arm.
Brandon Parker tells Hauck’s inspirational story, which includes a five-inning no-hitter in his first start of the season — in the Washington Post and it’s well worth your time.
Hauck’s right arm wasn’t amputated, but he has limited control of it. As a result, Hauck catches and throws with his left hand. After catching the ball in his left hand, Hauck grabs his glove with his right hand and rolls the ball into his left hand to prepare to make a throw. It’s a smooth transition, not unlike the one that former major league pitcher Jim Abbott, who was born without a right hand, used.
“I had second thoughts about playing high school baseball because I was afraid people were going to make fun of me,” Hauck told the Post.
People did make fun of Hauck. They still do. He doesn’t let the taunts and the gawking get to him. He’s too busy hurling no-hitters.
What’s more, baseball isn’t even Hauck’s best sport. He was a four-year starter for the North County soccer team and is committed to play at UMBC.