Jim Abbott, MLB Player

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Portrait of Jim Abbott

Jim Abbott

Jim Abbot was born on September 19, 1967, in Flint Michigan.

He was an All American Pitcher at Michigan and won the Sullivan award in 1987.

He was the Pitcher for the Gold Medal Olympic team in the games of 1988, and he threw a four –nil no hitter for the New York Yankees versus Cleveland in September 4, 1993.

He played for 10 seasons on 4 different teams and ended his career in 1999.

Jim worked with The Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment (ODEP) on initiatives encouraging businesses to hire people with disabilities.

Today, Jim is a Guest Pitcher Instructor during Spring Training for the L.A. Angels. He is also good at giving pep talks.

Jim was born without a right hand.

I think it is amazing that a man without a right hand can become a pitcher and win tons of awards, and climb so high atop the pinnacle of life.