The improbable life and success of pitcher Jim Abbott

May 17, 2012

Imperfect: An Improbable Life

Born without a right hand, Jim Abbott not only defied the odds of becoming a major league pitcher, he challenged the impossible by throwing a no-hitter.

In his book “Imperfect: an Improbable Life,” Jim Abbott retraces his path from his days as an All-American at Michigan, his pivotal role in winning the 1988 Olympic Gold Medal for the US national team and the seminal moment of his career when he threw a no-hitter in 1993 for the New York Yankees. However, as is the case with any major league career, Abbott had his share of adversity as well. After a season of difficult losses he was released from the team and found himself once again on the outside trying to get in.

In this insightful memoir, Abbott and coauthor LA Times writer Tim Brown offer an honest look at the pitcher’s struggles related to his disability and his need to conceal feelings of alienation even as he played baseball in front of thousands. Throughout his career of highs and lows, Jim’s greatest honor was providing counsel and advice to the countless families waiting on the other side of the diamond with similar disabilities, an obligation that he would continue to carry on today.


Jim Abbott, author of “Imperfect: An Improbable Life,” (co-authored by Tim Brown) (Ballantine Books). Abbott was a Major League pitcher with the Los Angeles Angles and the New York Yankees.

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