Boy with one hand dreams of playing in the big leagues

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by CNN and KVUE News

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Posted on March 28, 2012 at 8:04 AM

The opening day for baseball is right around the corner and it's not only those in the big leagues who are gearing up.

He can hit, field the ball and even slide into home plate. Six-year-old Reece Holloway wants to play in the big leagues some day, just like his favorite player Chipper Jones of the Atlanta Braves. But when Reece was born, his parents were shocked to discover he didn't have a left hand. Baseball was the furthest thing from their minds.

"Fifty thousand things going through me like you know, 'How's he going to tie his shoe? How's he going to do this? How's he going to do everything?'" Reece's other Malou said.

His parents were not sure if he would learn to crawl without a second hand so they got him a prosthesis. But Reece didn't want it. He managed to crawl and learned to walk. Then something remarkable happened. He taught himself how to hit a ball when he was only two years old.

"He got plastic balls and he would hold them under his chin and drop them and swing the bat. And he would hit the ball, no problem," his mother said.

He was a natural and he has been playing on a baseball team since he was three. As far as his parents are concerned, Reece doesn't have a disability and they never try to hold him back.

So far they say the only thing he can't do is tie his shoes.

"Anything he wanted to do we let him try it," Malou said. "There was no saying 'No you can't do that because you only have one hand.'"

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