Through life experiences such as the loss of his daughter Kassidy to leukemia and missing out on a perfect game at the major league level by one out, Brian Holman encourages and inspires. Rising through the ranks of the Montreal Expos farm system in the 1980’s, Holman made his major league debut in 1988 against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Midway through the 1989 season Holman and future Hall of Fame pitcher Randy Johnson were traded to Seattle, and half a year later Holman was the Opening Day starter for Seattle. Later that same month Holman came within one out of baseball immortality, as he lost the bid for the fourteenth perfect game in Major League Baseball history and the first in Mariners franchise history by a single out in the ninth inning.
Holman went on to win a combined 24 games over the next two seasons before an arm injury ended his baseball career. Since his retirement Holman has become involved in numerous charitable organizations, including the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Children’s Hospital, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and he also spent four years as managing partner and senior client advisor with the financial planning and investment management firm Ronald Blue & Co. In 2007, he was inducted into the Kansas Baseball Hall of Fame. Holman’s son David, who overcame a brain tumor, was a pitcher in the Seattle Mariners organization through the 2014 season. Brian and his wife currently reside in Kansas.
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