The Illustrious Wonder That is One Superstar Shannon Becker

There’s still a million-dollar question: How is Becker so good? How does she do it?

By James Schapiro

Shannon Becker’s fastball has been terrifying opponents for a long time. 

She started out playing softball for the Mahopac Sports Association, where the speed on her pitches set down opposing batters en masse. When she was in second grade, that’s how she met Michelle Della Mura, who would become her catcher and her best friend. A few yea…

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