Doug Wells: Legally Blind Teen Threw No-Hitter at Age 10

Tom LoughreyAnalyst IIIOctober 7, 2011

Every athlete who went to practice as a kid, only to complain about being there and half-heartedly go through every workout, should step aside and make room for kids like Doug Wells.

Wells is a legally-blind teenager, who was born with infantile glaucoma. He also suffers from nystagmus, which makes it tough for him to focus on one object for a long period of time.  Instead of letting his condition keep him out of sports, he’s excelled in them.

In fact, when Doug was 10 years old, he threw a no-hitter for his Little League baseball team. While pitching, Wells is forced to wear a protective helmet that almost looks like a football helmet to protect him from line drives.

In an interview with NBC, Wells explained how tough it is for him to see the catcher’s mitt while pitching. He also explained that, when at bat, he can’t see the ball until it’s a few feet away from him, making it almost impossible to hit.

Wells is so determined that he’s even trying out for his freshman football team. His incredible drive should be an inspiration to anyone trying to make it in the world of sports.

The teen understands that his future on the diamond is limited, so he’s already set his mind on pursuing a career in coaching. Basically, there’s no end to the passion this kid has for sports.

In today’s professional sports, athletes choose to keep themselves on the sidelines because they’re not making as many millions of dollars as they feel they deserve. They rank their financial interests ahead of their love for the game they play.

Selfish? I think so.

The thing about disadvantages or disabilities is they make people appreciate the natural act of breathing more than most.

Take Jeremy Maclin for example: This summer, the Philadelphia Eagles wideout was thought to have cancer and suffered through a summer that he never wants to relive. Now, Maclin is just happy to be on the field doing what he loves, and is not acting like Chris Johnson (not that he was before).

My point is, although setbacks or disadvantages bring you down, it is these people who come through the strongest. Cliché or not, the most sincere, honest people in the world are the ones with the incredible stories of overcoming obstacles.

Sometimes it seems like the media is forcing these sappy stories out of people, but there are so many people whose success stories come with a rough beginning.

Good luck in the future to Doug Wells. I’m sure his experiences on and off the field will make him a stronger person.

Source: NBC Sports