Tune in to AM 830 on Sunday, Nov. 3, at 9 pm, for a special interview with Angel Baseball great Jim Abbott! This interview was previously set for Oct. 27 but is being re-broadcast due to technical difficulties.
Jim Abbott exemplifies perseverance, competitiveness and compassion. A former Major League Baseball pitcher, he played despite having been born without a right hand. As a youth, Abbott adapted his God-given body to the game he loved by adeptly switching his glove to his left hand after each pitch. Abbott didn’t just compete; he shined on the largest stages at each level.
Abbott led the University of Michigan to two Big Ten championships. As a sophomore in 1987, he was the first pitcher in 25 years to beat the Cuban national team, and was awarded the Golden Spikes Award as the top amateur baseball player. He then became the first baseball player to win the James E. Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete in the United States.
In his junior year of college, Abbott led the 1988 US Olympic Team to beat Japan and won a gold medal for the US. Abbott was the eighth overall draft pick for the then California Angels. In his first professional season in 1989, Abbott posted a 12 -12 record with an earned run average of 3.92.
In 1991, Abbott won 18 games with the Angels while posting an ERA of 2.89 and finishing third in the American League Cy Young Award voting. In 1993, as a New York Yankee, he threw a 4-0 no-hitter.
In 2007, Abbott was elected to the College Baseball Hall of Fame for his career at Michigan. Last year, his autobiography “Imperfect: An Improbable Life” was released. Abbott has always been heavily involved in many children’s charities, especially causes helping children with disabilities. Jim Abbott’s accomplishments and character are truly amazing and inspirational.