Jim Abbott

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Jim Abbott is a former professional baseball player who pitched for 4 different teams over his 11 year career. He recorded an elusive no-hitter for the New York Yankees in a game against the Cleveland Indians in 1993. What sets Jim apart from any other pitcher or player ever to play in Major League Baseball is the fact that he was born with no right hand. Jim would rest his glove on the end of his right forearm and pitch the ball. After the pitch he would switch the glove to his pitching hand to field the ball and pinch the glove between his right forearm and torso to remove the ball from the glove and throw it to get the runner out. Jim serves as an example for many athletes to persevere through physical limitations to achieve their goals.

Sports Speaker Jim’s impressive baseball career took root at the University of Michigan were he became the first baseball player to given the James E. Sullivan Award as top amateur athlete in the United States. In 1989 he made the starting rotation for the California Angels and won 12 games on the season without playing in a single minor league game. He would become a solid starting pitcher in the MLB and won the 1992 Tony Conigliaro Award given to the player that best overcomes obstacles and adversity to succeed. In 1995 he was awarded the MLB’s Hutch Award given to the player who best exemplifies a fighting spirit in the face of adversity.

After retiring from Major League Baseball in 1999, Jim has become a motivational speaker and published an autobiography titled Imperfect about his life and baseball journey. Jim has also been involved with the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) on campaigns to encourage businesses to hire people with disabilities.