Jim Abbott was born September 19, 1967, in Flint, Michigan without a right hand. He was an All-America hurler at Michigan; won the Sullivan Award in 1987; was the pitcher for the Gold Medal Olympic Team in 1988; and threw a 4-0 no-hitter for the New York Yankees versus Cleveland (September 4, 1993). Jim played for 10 seasons on 4 different teams and ended his big league playing career in 1999.
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.
Today, in addition to often being a Guest Pitching Instructor during Spring Training for the Los Angeles Angels, Jim Abbott is a motivational speaker.
On A Personal Note
Jim lives in California with his wife, two children and their dog. His parents still live in Michigan. Jim and his family take the summer off each year to stay at the lake and visit with family and friends. Jim has a younger brother.
"I just got back from the meeting and I have to tell you that we were all blown away by Jim. He did an incredible job. His story was moving, inspirational and the way he delivers his message is so powerful even though he is so soft spoken. Everyone from my CEO right down to the individual players, were truly moved by him. He is so humble and displays such a sense of humanity that I had many folks approach me afterward and tell me that they think they will be better people for having had the chance to meet and listen to Jim. People laughed and cried and all could relate in some fashion. But beyond all that, Jim was so gracious with his time. I personally enjoyed getting the chance to meet Jim and would recommend him to anyone. Please let Jim know how much I appreciated and thoroughly enjoyed meeting him."- Vice President, Sales Operations, Picis Inc.