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Category: Baseball, Christian Athletes, Top Christian Speakers

Highlights: 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.

Travels From: California

Fee Range: $10,001 - $20,000

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Jim Abbott is a former Major League Baseball pitcher, who played despite having been born without a right hand. He played for the California Angels, the New York Yankees, the Chicago White Sox, and the Milwaukee Brewers, from 1989 to 1999. When preparing to pitch the ball, Abbott would rest a mitt on the end of his right forearm. After releasing the ball, he would quickly slip his hand into the mitt, usually in time to field any balls that a two-handed pitcher would be able to field. Then he would secure the mitt between his right forearm and torso, slip his hand out of the mitt, and remove the ball from the mitt, usually in time to throw out the runner at first or sometimes even start a double play. At all levels, teams tried to exploit his fielding disadvantage by repeatedly bunting to him; this tactic was never effective. 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. He is currently a sought after motivational speaker.

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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 ... read more

Former MLB Pitcher Jim Abbott Named Keynote Speaker at United Way of Genesee County Campaign Celebration

FLINT, MI — Former MLB pitcher, Jim Abbott, made a special appearance on Thursday, March 19, on behalf of his partnership with United Way to help promote the childhood literacy project. Abbott started the day around 9:30 a.m. at the General Motors Flint Assembly plant on Van Slyke Road where the GM ... read more

Jim Abbott is a Highly Sought After Motivational Speaker

Jim Abbott, a baseball Icon, is a popular inspirational & motivational speaker. He was the underdog growing up. He was born with only one hand but had aspirations of reaching the Major Leagues. As a youngster, he would spend hours bouncing the ball off a wall to practice fielding and throwing. He sh ... read more

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