Being able to use only one hand well does not necessarily mean that a person can’t be an effective baseball player, as shown in the case of DeLaSalle High School star pitcher Ben Albert and former major league pitcher Jim Abbott. I will focus on Abbott in this post, but click here to read about Albert.
Abbott, a pitcher, was born with no right hand. Still, he played both baseball and football in high school. After graduating from the University of Michigan, Abbott helped the U.S. win a gold medal in baseball at the 1988 Summer Olympics by pitching the final game. He is in the National College Baseball Hall of Fame.
That same year (1988), Abbott was drafted by the California Angels. He made the starting rotation for the Angels a year later without playing a single minor league game. In 1993, he pitched a no-hitter while pitching for the New York Yankees. Abbott also pitched for the Chicago White Sox and Milwaukee Brewers during his career. He retired following the 1999 season with a career record of 87-108 and a 4.25 ERA.
Currently, Abbott works as a motivational speaker. Click here to learn more about him. As Abbott and Albert have shown, anyone can play baseball!
Written by: Sam Graves