ADAPT: Overcoming Adversity
Jim Abbott will share his experiences life through and how if we are to continue to move towards our goals we must be willing to adapt; to change, and mold ourselves in order to meet the obstacles in our own way. Using ADAPT as an acronym you can put together a powerful set of words that stand alone in their significance, but they also string together like a chain in an amazing way.
Jim Abbott was born September 19, 1967, in Flint, Michigan without a right hand. Abbott has battled the odds his entire life. Despite being born with only one hand he was an All-America hurler at Michigan; won the Sullivan Award in 1987; was the pitcher for the Gold Medal Olympic Team in 1988; and threw a 4-0 no-hitter for the New York Yankees versus Cleveland (September 4, 1993). Jim played for 10 seasons on 4 different teams and ended his big league playing career in 1999.
On the mound, Abbott wore a right-hander’s fielder’s glove at the end of his right arm. While completing his follow-through after delivering a pitch, he rapidly switched the glove to his left hand so he could handle any balls hit back to him. In that first 1989 season as a professional he won more games as a rookie than any other previous player without Major League experience. His autobiography Imperfect: An Improbable Life (April 2012) follows his remarkable journey.
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