Jim AbbottFormer MLB Pitcher and Advocate for the Disabled
Jim Abbott pitched in the major leagues for 10 years and won 87 games, including a no-hitter – an incredible achievement especially given that he was born without a right hand.
Mr. Abbott began his major league career with the California Angels in 1989 and went on to play for the New York Yankees, the Chicago White Sox and the Milwaukee Brewers. Before beginning his professional career, he pitched for the 1988 U.S. Gold Medal Olympic team. As an All-American pitcher at the University of Michigan, he won the Sullivan Award in 1987 as the best amateur athlete in the nation, and in 2004, he was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.
Since retiring from baseball in 1999, Mr. Abbott has worked with the Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) on several initiatives encouraging businesses to hire people with disabilities. He has been associated with Amigos de los Niños, a California organization that aids groups that care for children, has twice been named the March of Dimes Athlete of the Year, and received the Freedom Forum's Free Spirit Award for his charitable work. He is very involved in disabled children's causes and continues to make appearances for various charitable organizations.
Mr. Abbott’s autobiography, “Imperfect: An Improbable Life,” was published in 2012, and he is a frequent guest pitching instructor during spring training for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.