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#pounditSaturday, April 17, 2021

One-armed baseball catcher Luke Terry will blow your mind

If you watched Luke Terry playing baseball from a distance, you may not even notice that there is something a bit special about the way he swings a bat or throws the ball back to the pitcher while he’s behind the plate. Somehow, Terry finds a way to keep up with his peers despite only having one arm.

Over the weekend, a video of Terry catching for his high school team in Tennessee went viral. When you see the incredible way he gets the ball back to the mound and around the diamond, you’ll understand why.

As Tony Kreager of The Tennesseean noted in a feature last year, Terry had his right arm amputated after he contracted E. coli when he was 19 months old. His mother, Dana Terry, says Luke flatlined on the operating table three times.

“I don’t even think about it,” Luke Terry said of only having one arm. “Fans tell me, ‘You’re an inspiration.’ They want me to go a long ways.”

Luke’s coaches and teammates say he is one of the best and most competitive players they have been around. It’s clear his place on the team has nothing to do with the fact that he is missing his right arm. Considering what one of the top prospects in the NFL Draft has accomplished despite having a similar condition, the future for Terry looks plenty bright.

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