Jim Abbott was born in Southfield, Michigan without a right hand. He led the Michigan Wolverines baseball team to two Big Ten championships. In 1987, he won the James E. Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete in the United States becoming the first baseball pitcher to win that award. The same year Abbott pitched for the United States at the Pan-American Games winning a silver medal. He pitched the final game in the 1988 Summer Olympics winning gold for the United States.
Abbott was selected 8th overall by the California Angels in the 1988 draft. In 1989, Abbott joined the California Angels' rotation as a rookie without playing a single minor league game. Abbott retired in 1999 with 87 career wins and a 4.25 ERA. He is a member of the College Baseball Hall of Fame.
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No stranger to adversity, Jim Abbott's story is a true inspiration to anyone. Being born without a right hand, he played major league baseball without playing in the minor leagues first. His MLB career was highlighted by a no-hitter in 1993 while pitching for the New York Yankees. As a motivational speaker he will touch on a number of topics that center around overcoming adversity and adapting to be a success.
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