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Der ECU-Infielder, der bei einem Bootsunfall ein Bein verloren hat, gibt sein Debüt

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Parker Byrd


Parker Byrd, a sophomore student at East Carolina University, who lost his leg in a boating accident two years ago, became the first person to participate in a DI baseball game with a prosthetic leg.

He made his debut for the Pirates as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning during their 16-2 victory last night.

„It’s one of the proudest moments I’ve ever had as a coach,“ said Cliff Godwin, the team’s manager, in an on-site interview with WCTI-TV, reported by ESPN. „And he’s going to get more. He’s been breaking his head, it was super emotional. The umpire behind home plate told me, when I made a switch, that he had been a referee for 17 to 18 years and that it was the coolest moment he had ever participated in.“

Parker Byrd at the WWBA World Championship at Roger Dean Stadium Complex on October 7, 2021 in Jupiter, Florida.

Parker Byrd at the WWBA World Championship at Roger Dean Stadium Complex on October 7, 2021 in Jupiter, Florida.
Photo: AP


In the summer of 2022, Byrd’s legs were injured by a boat propeller, resulting in the loss of his right leg. He had to undergo 22 surgeries within 45 days, proving that recovery would be a long journey. In December of the same year, he received his prosthetic leg. 19 months later, he was able to reach home plate and swing the bat.

„I mean, chill bumps, man, it’s absolutely phenomenal,“ Byrd said after the game. „This crowd, these fans, these people, my family, my teammates, coaches, I couldn’t be more grateful and blessed.“

After the video of him playing went viral on social media, many reached out to Byrd offering their support. One of them was former New York Yankee Jim Abbott, a pitcher born without a right hand.

„Well done, Parker! Nothing can stop you!“ he wrote further X.

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