Jim Abbott, 2006
Born, Sept. 19, 1967, in Flint, Michigan without a right hand. He was an All-America hurler at Michigan; won the Sullivan Award in 1987; threw 4-0 no-hitter for NY Yankees vs. Cleveland (Sept. 4, 1993). Jim played for 10 seasons on 4 different teams and ended
his big league playing career in 1999.
Today, in addition to being a Pitching Instructor for the Los Angeles Angels, Jim Abbott is a motivational speaker. Unique as a
sports speaker because his story, and the way he delivers it, appeals to many types of audiences, even those who are not sports
fans. In his keynotes, Jim Abbott uses motivational sports stories of how he overcame adversity, and anecdotes from his career as
a professional baseball pitcher.
Jim has battled the odds his entire life. Despite being born with only one hand he was the 15th player to ever make a professional
debut in the Major Leagues. Many considered the move a publicity stunt by manager Doug Rader, but after struggling early, Abbott
proved his doubters wrong by winning 12 games with a 3.92 ERA in his rookie season.
On the mound, Abbott wore a right-hander's fielder's glove at the end of his right arm. While completing his follow-through after
delivering a pitch, he rapidly switched the glove to his left hand so he could handle any balls hit back to him. In that first
1989 season as a professional he won more games as a rookie than any other previous player without Major League experience.
What prepared Jim Abbott for this type of success?