It was 21 years ago today that Jim Abbott went into the record books when he threw a no-hitter for the New York Yankees. Abbott kept the Cleveland Indians hitless in front of 27,000 fans at Yankee Stadium on September 4, 1993.
Abbott dazzled for nine innings as he dominated a Cleveland lineup that featured; Kenny Lofton, Albert Bell, Manny Ramirez and Jim Thome. Pitching a no-hitter is an amazing accomplishment and shutting down one of the most formidable offenses in the majors is what legendary performances are made of.
Abbot threw 119 pitches on that September day in the Bronx on his way to the record books. Facing an Indians lineup that was stacked from top to bottom, Abbot struck out three and walked five in the 4-0 victory. "I remember it was a cloudy day, a day game, the kind of day I like to throw," Jim Abbott said.
Abbott, who was born without a right hand, never wanted to be considered handicapped. In 1945, a one handed outfielder named Pete Gray played for the St. Louis Browns. Gray batted .218 with no home runs and 13 RBI, in that his lone season in the majors.
Although Gray's accomplishment was truly amazing in it's own right, Abbott wanted to be known as a Major League player, not a player with one hand." Abbot once mentioned that he wanted be like Nolan Ryan, not Pete Gray.
Abbott who was from Flint Michigan, attended the University of Michigan and was elected into the College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007. Abbott pitched for the Angels, Yankees, White Sox and Brewers from 1989-1999. He had a career record of 87-108 with a 4.25 ERA and 888 strike outs.
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