Former MLB Pitcher Jim Abbott to be Keynote Speaker at University of Michigan Graduation Event Apr 29


ANN ARBOR, MI – Former MLB pitcher Jim Abbott will serve as keynote speaker at the Student-Athlete Graduation Celebration at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI on Friday, April 29, 2016. Abbott is scheduled to throw out the first pitch before a game with Michigan State University, followed by his speaking engagement later that evening at the Student-Athlete Graduation. Source:

Abbott was interviewed about the event and spoke about his experiences in the article:

“I cherish my connection with the University of Michigan as much as anything. It really means a lot to me, and it’s grown in its importance to me because so much was possible because of the opportunity I had to play at Michigan …”

Jim Abbott is a former pitcher who played despite having been born without a right hand. He played for the California Angels, New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox, and Milwaukee Brewers from 1989 to 1999. In 1986 Jim Abbott was presented with the United States Sports Academy’s Mildred “Babe” Didrikson Zaharias Courage Award for his courageous action in overcoming adversity to excel in sports. In 1992 Jim Abbott was awarded the Tony Conigliaro Award, given annually by the Boston Red Sox to a Major League player who overcomes an obstacle and adversity through the attributes of spirit, determination, and courage that were trademarks of the Boston star.

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