Alaska Sports Hall of Fame: Chad Bentz

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) — Juneau’s Chad Bentz overcame obstacles geographical and physical to become a major league pitcher.

Bentz, who grew up in Juneau, was born with one hand, but didn’t let his circumstances define his athletic career, demonstrating his persistence as a standout for Juneau Douglas High School in football and baseball.

After high school, Bentz went on to make sports history on the state level and eventually the national stage.

The second person ever born without one hand, Bentz made his MLB debut on April 7, 2004 for the Montreal Expos. He’s also one of only three Alaskans to play in the big leagues, and the first Alaskan to ever get a hit. He went on to pitch in 40 career MLB games.

After Bentz retired from baseball, he played a season of college football at Castleton State in Vermont.

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