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Jim Abbott

Jim Abbott (Baseball.  Born, Flint, MI, Sept. 19, 1967.)  One of the truly inspirational stories in baseball history, James Anthony Abbott was born without a right hand and yet had a major league career that lasted more than a decade.  Abbott spent two of those years with the Yankees (1993-94), where he was 20-22.  He was obtained from California Dec. 9, 1992, for three players (including first base prospect J.T. Snow).  Easily the highlight of his Yankees years was a 4-0 no-hit victory over Cleveland Sept. 4, 1993, at Yankee Stadium.  He was 87-108 for his career (1989-96, 1998-99).  Before coming to the major leagues, Abbott pitched for the University of Michigan, won the Sullivan Award (1987) as the nation’s top amateur athlete, and led the U.S. team to the Olympic gold medal at Seoul in 1988.

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