Jim Abbott

James Anthony Abbott (born September 19, 1967) is a former Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher who played despite having been born without a right hand. He played ten seasons in MLB for the California Angels, New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox, and Milwaukee Brewers, from 1989 to 1999.

He graduated from Flint Central High School and grew up in the East Village area of Flint, Michigan. While with the University of Michigan, Abbott won the James E. Sullivan Award as the nation's best amateur athlete in 1987 and won a gold medal in the demonstration event at the 1988 Summer Olympics. He was drafted in the first round of the 1988 MLB draft and reached the major leagues the next year. As a member of the Yankees, he threw a no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians in 1993.[1] Abbott retired with a career record of 87 wins and 108 losses, along with a 4.25 earned run average.

He currently works as a motivational speaker.[2][3]

Jim Abbott
Jim Abbott Cannons
Abbott in 1998
Born: September 19, 1967 (age 51)
Flint, Michigan
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 8, 1989, for the California Angels
Last MLB appearance
July 21, 1999, for the Milwaukee Brewers
MLB statistics
Win–loss record87–108
Earned run average4.25
Career highlights and awards
Medal record
Men's baseball
Representing  United States
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1988 Seoul Team
Pan American Games
Silver medal – second place 1987 Indianapolis Team
Baseball World Cup
Silver medal – second place 1988 Rome Team
Jim Abbott, post retirement

Playing career

Amateur years

Abbott was born in Flint, Michigan.[4] He was picked up by the Ypsilanti, Michigan, American Legion team and went on to win the championship. He graduated from Flint Central High School in Michigan where he was a stand-out pitcher and quarterback.[5] He played for the Grossi Baseball Club during the summer in the Connie Mack leagues of Michigan. He was drafted in the 36th round by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1985 Major League Baseball draft but did not sign, instead moving on to the University of Michigan.

He played for Michigan three years under coach Bud Middaugh, from 1985 to 1988, leading them 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 player to win the award.[1][4] Abbott was the flag-bearer for the United States at the 1987 Pan American Games in Indianapolis, helping lead the US to a second-place finish.[4][6] Baseball was a demonstration sport in the 1988 Summer Olympics; Abbott pitched the final game, winning an unofficial gold medal for the United States.[4] Abbott was voted the Big Ten Athlete of the Year in 1988. He would be selected 8th overall by the California Angels in the 1988 draft. Abbott's University of Michigan #31 jersey was retired at the Wolverines' April 18, 2009 home game against Michigan State University. [4]

In 2007, Abbott was elected to the College Baseball Hall of Fame for his career at Michigan.

MLB career

In 1989, Abbott joined the California Angels' starting rotation as a rookie without playing a single minor league game. That season, he posted a 12-12 record with an ERA of 3.92,[4] and finished fifth in the year's American League Rookie of the Year Award voting.

In 1991, Abbott went 18-11 for the Angels, who finished in last place in the American League West with an 81-81 record. Abbott posted the fourth lowest Earned Run Average in the American League (2.89) while pitching 243 innings. As a result, Abbott finished third in the American League Cy Young Award voting.[4] In the 1992 season, he posted a 2.77 ERA (fifth lowest in the American League) but his win-loss record fell to 7-15 for the sixth-place Angels.[4] Abbott also won the Tony Conigliaro Award in 1992.

In the off season, the Angels attempted to trim payroll and traded Abbott to the New York Yankees for their top minor league prospect first baseman J.T. Snow, pitchers Russ Springer and Jerry Nielsen. Abbott had an up and down year for the Yankees but on September 4, 1993 Abbott pitched a no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians.[4] On November 26 in the same year, Jim appeared as himself in Season 1, Episode 9 of Boy Meets World titled "Class Pre-Union" List of Boy Meets World episodes ([1])

In 1994, Abbott's Yankees led the American League East, but the season halted, and the playoffs were canceled, due to a players strike on August 12. The following year, after starting the season with the Chicago White Sox, he returned to the California Angels, who held an 11-game lead over the Seattle Mariners in August, but lost the American League West in a one-game playoff to the Mariners.

He struggled through the 1996 season, posting a 2–18 record with a 7.48 ERA and briefly retired.

Abbott returned to the White Sox in 1998, starting five games and winning all five. Abbott continued his comeback the following year with the Milwaukee Brewers, but pitched ineffectively. This was the first time he had played for a National League team, forcing him to bat for the first time in his career. He recorded two hits in 21 at-bats during his Brewers stint.

Abbott retired after the 1999 season with a career record of 87–108, with a 4.25 ERA.

Playing with one hand

When preparing to pitch the ball, Abbott would rest his mitt on the end of his right forearm. After releasing the ball, he would quickly slip his hand into the mitt, usually in time to field any balls that a two-handed pitcher would be able to field. Then he would secure the mitt between his right forearm and torso, slip his hand out of the mitt, and remove the ball from the mitt, usually in time to throw out the runner at first or sometimes even start a double play. At all levels, teams tried to exploit his fielding disadvantage by repeatedly bunting to him.[7]

Batting was not an issue for Abbott for the majority of his career, since the American League uses the designated hitter, and he played only two seasons in the interleague play era. But Abbott tripled in a spring training game in 1991 off Rick Reuschel,[8] and when Abbott joined the National League's Milwaukee Brewers in 1999, he had two hits in 21 at-bats, both off Jon Lieber.[9][10] New York Yankees teammate Mariano Rivera claimed to have witnessed Abbott hitting home runs during batting practice.[11]



In April 2012, Abbott's autobiography, Imperfect: An Improbable Life (ISBN 0345523253), co-written with Tim Brown, was published by Ballantine Books.[15]

See also


  1. ^ a b Jim Abbott Hickoksports Biography Archived March 15, 2005, at the Wayback Machine Hickoksports Retrieved on 2006-07-28.
  2. ^ "Official Jim Abbott on Facebook". Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  3. ^ "Jim Abbott book signing and public events". Retrieved June 8, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i Berg, Chuck (2002) [1992]. Dawson, Dawn P (ed.). Great Athletes. 1 (Revised ed.). Salem Press. pp. 4–6. ISBN 1-58765-008-8.
  5. ^ Jim Abbott Biography Retrieved on 2006-07-24.
  6. ^ The Games of August: Official Commemorative Book. Indianapolis: Showmasters. 1987. ISBN 978-0-9619676-0-4.
  7. ^ Society for American Baseball Research: The Biography Project Retrieved on 2008-12-16
  8. ^ Abbott raps single, throws five innings Retrieved on 2008-08-24.
  9. ^ Cubs 7, Brewers 4, June 15, 1999 Retrieved on 2008-08-24.
  10. ^ Cubs 5, Brewers 4, June 30, 1999 Retrieved on 2008-08-24.
  11. ^ Kepner, Tyler (June 6, 2007). "Talkin' Baseball With the Yankees". New York Times Bats blog.
  12. ^ WRAL. "Coach Yow Receives Courage Award From U.S. Sports Academy :: WRALSportsFan.com". wralsportsfan.com. Retrieved September 18, 2017.
  13. ^ http://www.bostonbaseballwriters.com/index.php/tony-conigliaro-award
  14. ^ "Cooper Receives Viscardi Award". University of Pittsburgh. 2014.
  15. ^ Erskine, Chris (April 1, 2012). "Book review: 'An Improbable Life' by Jim Abbott and Tim Brown". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 4, 2013.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Chris Bosio
No-hitter pitcher
September 4, 1993
Succeeded by
Darryl Kile
1993 California Angels season

The California Angels 1993 season involved the Angels finishing 5th in the American League west with a record of 71 wins and 91 losses.

1993 New York Yankees season

The New York Yankees' 1993 season was the 91st season for the Yankees. The team finished with a record of 88-74 finishing 7 games behind the Toronto Blue Jays for their first winning season since 1988. New York was managed by Buck Showalter. The Yankees played at Yankee Stadium. This would be the last time the Yankees would miss the playoffs until 2008.

1995 California Angels season

The California Angels' 1995 season featured the Angels finishing in second place in the American League West with a record of 78 wins and 67 losses.

The 1995 Angels went through statistically the worst late-season collapse in Major League Baseball history. On August 16, they held a 10½-game lead over the Texas Rangers and an 11½-game lead over the Seattle Mariners, but suffered through a late season slump, including a nine-game losing streak from August 25 to September 3. They were still atop the division, leading Seattle by six games and Texas by 7½, when a second nine-game losing streak from September 13 to 23 dropped them out of first place. The Angels rebounded to win the last five scheduled games to tie Seattle for the division lead, forcing a one-game playoff to determine the division champion. Mariners ace Randy Johnson led his team to a 9–1 triumph over Angel hurler Mark Langston in the tiebreaker game, ending the Angels' season. It was the closest the Angels would come to reaching the postseason between 1986 and 2002.

1995 Chicago White Sox season

The 1995 Chicago White Sox season was the White Sox's 96th season. They finished with a record 68-76, good enough for 3rd place in the American League Central, 32 games behind the 1st place Cleveland Indians.

1998 Chicago White Sox season

The 1998 Chicago White Sox season was the White Sox's 99th season. They finished with a record 80-82, good enough for 2nd place in the American League Central, 9 games behind the 1st place Cleveland Indians.

1999 Milwaukee Brewers season

The Milwaukee Brewers' 1999 season involved the Brewers' finishing 5th in the National League Central with a record of 74 wins and 87 losses.

2002 South Dakota gubernatorial election

The 2002 South Dakota gubernatorial election took place on November 2, 2002 to elect a Governor of South Dakota. Republican nominee Mike Rounds was elected, defeating Democratic nominee Jim Abbott.

2003 Hockey East Men's Ice Hockey Tournament

The 2003 Hockey East Men's Ice Hockey Tournament was the 19th Tournament in the history of the conference. It was played between March 6 and March 17, 2003. Quarterfinal games were played at home team campus sites, while the final four games were played at the Fleet Center in Boston, Massachusetts, the home venue of the NHL's Boston Bruins. By winning the tournament New Hampshire received the Hockey East's automatic bid to the 2003 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.

Bud Middaugh

Forest L. "Bud" Middaugh (born c. 1939) is a former American baseball coach. He was the head baseball coach at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio from 1968 to 1979 and at the University of Michigan from 1980 to 1989. He compiled a record of 359-173 at Miami, leading the Redhawks to three Mid-American Conference championships and four appearances in the NCAA playoffs. In 1980, he became the head coach at Michigan. In ten years as the head coach at Michigan, he led the Michigan Wolverines baseball team to a 465–146–1 record, seven Big Ten Conference championships and four appearances in the College World Series. He developed several Major League Baseball players at Michigan, including Barry Larkin, Chris Sabo, Hal Morris, Scott Kamieniecki, and Jim Abbott. Middaugh resigned as Michigan's baseball coach in June 1989 after it was revealed that he had given money collected by selling programs at football games to members of the Michigan baseball team. Middaugh was inducted into the Miami University Hall of Fame in 1981. Middaugh began his coaching career at Lorain Admiral King High School in Lorain, Ohio. In three years at Admiral King, Middaugh compiled a record of 52–14 and coached his team to a Cleveland district championship and a Buckeye Conference championship.

Calgary Cannons

The Calgary Cannons were a minor league baseball team located in Calgary, Alberta for 18 seasons, from 1985 until 2002. They were a member of the AAA Pacific Coast League (PCL) and played at Foothills Stadium. The Cannons displaced the Calgary Expos, who played in the rookie level Pioneer League from 1977 until 1984. The team was previously known as the Salt Lake City Gulls before being relocated to Calgary. Following the 2002 season, the team moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico and are now known as the Isotopes.

The Cannons played 2,538 regular season games in Calgary, compiling a record of 1,225–1,308. They qualified for the playoffs five times: 1985, 1987, 1989, and 1991 as an affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, and 1998 as an affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. They reached the PCL Championship Series three times, in 1987, 1991, and 1998, though they never won a title.

More than 400 Major League players wore a Cannons jersey, including Alex Rodriguez, Edgar Martínez, Danny Tartabull and Jim Abbott. Two players pitched no hitters with the Cannons: Frank Wills in 1985, and Erik Hanson in 1988. In 1985, Tartabull led all professional baseball players with 43 home runs.

Canadian federal election results in the British Columbia Interior

This is page shows results of Canadian federal elections in the interior of British Columbia.

Golden Spikes Award

The Golden Spikes Award is bestowed annually to the best amateur baseball player in the United States. The award, created by USA Baseball and sponsored by the Major League Baseball Players Association, was first presented in 1978. It is given to an amateur player who best exhibits and combines "exceptional on-field ability and exemplary sportsmanship." The award is considered the most prestigious in amateur baseball.Ten winners of the Golden Spikes Award are members of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame, including Bob Horner, the inaugural winner in 1978. In that same year, he was the first overall MLB draft pick and proceeded to win the Rookie of the Year Award. Seven Golden Spikes Award winners went on to become the first overall draft pick. Only Horner achieved the Rookie of the Year Award in the same year (although Jason Jennings and Buster Posey were voted the top rookies of the National League several years after winning the Golden Spikes Award). Jim Abbott, Jered Weaver and Tim Lincecum are the only award winners to pitch a no-hitter, while Horner is the only one to hit four home runs in one game. Furthermore, 17 players won the Dick Howser Trophy (considered to be the Heisman Trophy of college baseball) alongside the Golden Spikes Award. No player has won the award more than once.

Since 2014, the winner has been announced during a live broadcast of ESPN's SportsCenter. Immediately following the announcement, the award winner and the other finalists are honored at a banquet in Los Angeles. Although it can be given to any amateur player, the award has always been given to a college baseball player. In addition, only two winners were not attending NCAA Division I institutions when they won the award—junior college players Alex Fernández in 1990 and Bryce Harper in 2010. The most recent recipient of the award is Adley Rutschman of the Oregon State Beavers.

James Abbott

James or Jim Abbott may refer to:

James Abbott (Indian Army officer) (1807–1896), British colonial administrator

Jim Abbott (Canadian politician) (born 1942), Canadian politician

James W. Abbott (born 1948), American university administrator and politician

Jim Abbott (born 1967), American baseball player

James Abbott (footballer) (1892–?), English footballer

James H. Abbott (1851–1914), British philatelist

James T. Abbott, American attorney and government official

Jim Abbott (Canadian politician)

James Abbott, (born August 18, 1942) was a Conservative member of the House of Commons of Canada. Abbott was a member of the Reform Party from 1993 to 2000 and a member of the Canadian Alliance from 2000 to 2004. Originally representing the riding of Kootenay East, he has represented Kootenay—Columbia since the boundaries were redrawn, and the name changed, in 1997. Before retiring, Abbott was the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for International Cooperation (Canada). On October 15, 2007, he was sworn in as a member of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada, and as such is entitled to the style "The Honourable" for life. [1]

On June 30, 2010, being the representative of Canada, he went to the inauguration of President Benigno Aquino III in Manila, Philippines.



Kootenay—Columbia is a federal electoral district in British Columbia, Canada, that has been represented in the House of Commons of Canada since 1997.

List of Los Angeles Angels first-round draft picks

The Los Angeles Angels are a Major League Baseball franchise based in Anaheim, California. They play in the American League West division. Since the institution of Major League Baseball's Rule 4 Draft in 1965, the Angels have selected 62 players in the first round. Officially known as the "First-Year Player Draft", the Rule 4 Draft is Major League Baseball's primary mechanism for assigning amateur players from high schools, colleges, and other amateur clubs to its teams. The draft order is determined based on the previous season's standings, with the team possessing the worst record receiving the first pick. In addition, teams which lost free agents in the previous off-season may be awarded compensatory or supplementary picks.Of the 62 players drafted by the Angels, 28 have been pitchers, the most of any position; 18 of these were right-handed, while 10 were left-handed. Twelve outfielders, seven shortstops, four third basemen, and four first basemen were also taken. No second basemen have been selected. Thirteen of the players came from high schools or universities in the state of California, while Florida follows with six players. Four players have been selected from both Illinois and Georgia. All players selected have been from the United States. The franchise has made five selections in the same draft three times, in 1986, 2009, and 2010.Two Angels first-round picks, outfielder Darin Erstad (1995) and third basemen Troy Glaus (1997), played with the 2002 World Series championship team. Outfielder Mike Trout, who was chosen in 2009 and has spent his entire MLB career to date with the Angels, was named American League Rookie of the Year in 2012, and finished no worse than second in voting for American League Most Valuable Player in each of his first five full seasons with the Angels, winning that award in 2014 and 2016. Pitcher Jim Abbott (1988), born without a right hand, won the 1987 Golden Spikes Award while playing at the University of Michigan, and the 1992 Tony Conigliaro Award and the 1995 Hutch Award while with the Angels. Danny Goodwin (1975), who was picked first overall in 1971 by the Chicago White Sox but opted for four years of college, is the only player to be selected first in the draft on two separate occasions.The team has made 13 selections in the supplemental round of the draft and 21 compensatory picks since the institution of the First-Year Player Draft in 1965. These additional picks are provided when a team loses a particularly valuable free agent in the prior off-season, or, more recently, if a team fails to sign a draft pick from the previous year. The Angels have failed to sign one of their first-round picks, Alan Bannister (1969), but received no compensation. The franchise has made the first overall selection twice, in 1975 and 1995.

Love Is a Many Splendored Thing (TV series)

Love Is a Many Splendored Thing is an American daytime soap opera which aired on CBS from September 18, 1967, to March 23, 1973. The series was created by Irna Phillips, who served as the first head writer. She was replaced by Jane Avery and Ira Avery in 1968, who were followed by Don Ettlinger, James Lipton, and finally Ann Marcus. John Conboy was the producer for most of the show's run.

Michigan Wolverines baseball

The Michigan Wolverines baseball team represents the University of Michigan in NCAA Division I college baseball. Along with most other Michigan athletic teams, the baseball team participates in the Big Ten Conference. They play their home games at Ray Fisher Stadium.

The Wolverines have made the College World Series eight times, winning two national championships in 1953 and 1962. Michigan is the fourth winningest program in NCAA Division I baseball history, trailing only Fordham, Texas and USC.

Prior to the 2013 season, former Maryland head coach Erik Bakich replaced Rich Maloney as the program's head coach.

Readmond Township, Michigan

Readmond Township is a civil township of Emmet County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 493 at the 2000 census. It is the summer destination for such famous people as Jim Abbott (a one-handed major league pitcher famous for throwing a no-hitter for the New York Yankees) and Bob Seger.

Veteran players
(pre-1947 era)


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