The Inspirational Story of Jim Abbott
Young Jim Abbott wanted more than anything to play baseball with his friends. Unfortunately for Jim, he was born without a right hand, and how could a person use a glove and throw with only one hand? His parents suggested a more logical solution of playing soccer, but that was not what he wanted to do. Jim practiced for hours throwing a rubber ball against a brick wall, then moving fast to get his glove on his hand to catch the rebound. He challenged himself by moving closer and closer to the wall making the hand-to-glove transition faster.
Little did he realize, that with all of the practice on his glove transitions, he was actually developing a throwing arm that would make him a legend. At age 11, his hard work paid off and Jim played on his first little league baseball team. Coach tried him at pitcher, and wouldn't you know it, he pitched a NO HITTER the first time on the mound. Despite his early success, doubt always surrounded Jim, and most thought that as time past the competition would pass him by, but Jim Abbott was not going anywhere.
Jim made his high school team with no problem and averaged over 2 strike outs per inning his senior year. When he wasn't pitching, his defensive skills were so valuable that he played either outfield or first base. Furthermore, Jim was a remarkable batter as well, and he capped his senior year off with a .427 batting average. He also caught the eye of the football coach who made him backup quarterback. Coach probably should have made him the starter, as Jim destroyed the opposing defenses when he finally got the start in the last 3 games of the year, throwing for over 600 yards and 6 touchdowns.
Jim went on to play college ball at Michigan leading the team to 2 Big 10 Championships. The California Angles picked him up as the 8th pick in the first round of the 1989 draft.
Jim played for 10 seasons in the majors, and he had as much of an impact on the game as any player of his time. Helping others was also a top priority for Jim Abbott who made at least one scheduled meeting with a disabled child during every road series of his career.
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