Baseball A Shared Love Between #ProHogs McCann and Mom

By Jason Beck (

DETROIT — Carla McCann knew her son was special even before he first donned a catcher’s mask. He beat the odds long before he made it to the Major Leagues.

James McCann was given a 1-in-4 chance of surviving birth due to a tear in the amniotic sac early in pregnancy. Even if he survived, she was told by doctors, he would most likely have developmental challenges. It was pain all over again for Jim and Carla McCann, who had lost their first child months earlier to a stillbirth.

“Being people of faith, we decided we were going to see it through,” she said. “It was a leap of faith, but it really wasn’t more than what people do every day — putting one foot in front of the other.”

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