A baseball pitcher with one hand? Yes, Jim Abbott pitched in professional baseball with only one hand. Abbot pitched in the MLB from 1989 until 1999, and played for the California Angels, New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox, and the Milwaukee Brewers.
Abbot threw left-handed, and would place the glove on his right-handed forearm. Once he delivered the pitch, Abbot would put his hand into the glove and field the ball. He would then quickly remove the glove by putting it between his right forearm and torso, with the glove removed he would then take out the ball out the glove and finish the play.
It was a very impressive technique Abbot used due to his disadvantage. In fact, some teams would purposely try to exploit him by bunting, but these attempts were usually unsuccessful.
Abbot finished his career 87-108 with 888 strikeouts, and a 4.25 ERA. In addition, Abbot also won several awards including the 1987 Golden Spikes Award, the 1992 Tony Conigliaro Award, and the 1995 Hutch Award. Abbot’s greatest accomplishment was on September 4, 1993 when he successfully pitched a no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians.
I thought Abbot’s story was important because it should motivate any pitcher who is currently struggling and doesn’t believe they can play a high competitive level. If Abbot can do it with one hand, then there is no reason you can’t! Keep up the good work, and don’t let any obstacles stop you from achieving your pitching goals.
“Find something you love, and go after it, with all of your heat.” – Jim Abbott