He made a somewhat startling discovery: His best returning pitcher had just one hand. The 6-foot-2 left-handed senior has been solid as a weekend starter for the Skyhawks, leading the conference with a 2. He learned how to throw and catch through trial and error, slowly perfecting the technique that would allow him to have success at the Division I level.
The pitcher born with one hand had established himself as an Olympic gold medalist in college inand an All-Star with the Angels in before a trade brought him to the Bronx.
He came into his 27th start with a 4. The Yankees, while not quite the juggernaut they would become in subsequent seasons, were in the thick of the old AL East pennant race, just a game back of first-place Toronto. The Yanks needed a better game from Abbott, and boy, did he deliver: Five years ago, Abbott summed up his feelings about that dayvia MLive: To see the fans jumping up and down — the noise — to be in the center of all that with your teammates.
And to share the moment with Matt Nokes, my catcher. Every sense in your body is at full speed. Although Abbott did a tremendous job of forcing infield grounders, he was also indebted to his teammates for their superb defense. The Indians made two errors to cost their starter, Bob Milacki, a pair of runs.
The Yankees, by contrast, came up with every necessary play. You've got to give them credit; they played a great game. With one out in the ninth, Bernie Williams, the fleet-footed center fielder, chased Felix Fermin's fly ball to the warning track, where he caught the ball in front of the New York bullpen.
Still, Abbott always was the first line of defense. And this was his day. Abbott's first career no-hitter didn't transform the Yankees into champions they finished secondbut it put him forever on a pedestal with Yankees fans, and further demonstrated the odds Abbott overcame just to compete as a professional.
The sum total of his career statistics make Abbott appear to be an average pitcher. But Abbott had his seasons, and his moments, of greatess. Hey, Abbott, nice work.
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In an amazingly inspirational speech, Abbott teaches that, in order to move toward our goals, we must be willing to adapt: to change and mold ourselves in order to meet the obstacles in our own way.
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Biography. Jim Abbott was born September 19, , in Flint, Michigan without a right hand. He was an All-America hurler at Michigan; won the Sullivan Award in ; was the pitcher for the Gold Medal Olympic Team in ; and threw a no-hitter for the New York Yankees versus Cleveland (September 4, ).
Slow motion replay of Jim Abbott fielding a hard ground ball. It looks incredibly acrobatic, getting his glove onto his hand that quickly and then reaching out to field the ball.
The (relatively) easy part, which you don't really see there, is that he'd then very quickly transfer the glove and ball from his hand and cradle it with his other arm.
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