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On the Other Hand

For most activities in life, Kameron Mathis of Texas Permian Basin leads with his right hand. baseball is one of the rare exceptions. Photos by Steve Aicinena / University Of Texas Of The Permian Basin, and Mark Nicholas

The first clue might have been the toys — or at least the way one rambunctious toddler threw them. Two-year-old Kameron Mathis was known to hurl his cherished playthings from both hands, showing no favoritism for either his right or his left. So at the start of teeball, Mathis’ father slid a small leather glove onto his son’s right hand, then watched as the boy’s left-handed toss took off. The curveball came a few years later when Mathis found football: Throwing the pigskin, he realized, his right arm proved best. Today, Mathis continues to keep both hands on deck as the left-handed pitcher and right-handed quarterback for Texas Permian Basin. The sophomore, a kinesiology and exercise science major, is used to the questions — and wishes he had better answers. “It’s weird,” he says. “I can’t even explain it myself.”