Jim Abbott

  • Former Major League Baseball Pitcher
  • Author
  • Gold Medal Winner in the 1988 Olympics

Born with only one hand, this major league baseball pitcher inspires audiences with his story about perseverance and dedication as the key to his success in overcoming obstacles.

 
  

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There are no words to describe the impact Jim had on my business, he was nothing short of phenomenal. Jim spoke for breakfast, lunch and dinner seminars. His story touched everyone in the room with standing room only in some instances. Many of the advisors expressed to me that Jim was the best speaker they have ever seen, some admitted to shedding a tear or two. People laughed as they enjoyed every story Jim told and you could tell most people didn't want it to end. Jim was gracious enough to sign and personalize baseballs and have conversations with the attendees until everyone was satisfied. I am still getting phone calls telling me how inspiring Jim was. I have seen Jim speak now 4 times and the story only gets better. I hope to have Jim back again in the future as well as my company is looking to use Jim at future venues. Also, several advisors approached me to ask if they could get Jim to speak at their engagements. As for me and my colleagues, Jim made it nothing short of a special day that none of us will ever forget.

A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Jim Abbott
  • Wyoming Associations for Persons in Supported Employment (WYAPSE)
  • Eastern Carolina Vocational Center
  • Epicor Software
  • Sybari Software Direct
  • United Way, Poughkeepsie, NY
  • LASON, Inc.
  • Fosters Freeze
  • Lucent Technologies
  • Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc.
  • Prudential - Long Island & Westchester NY
ADAPT: A-Adjustability; D-Determination; A-Accountability; P-Perseverance; T-Trust - Get Sharable Link
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ADAPT: Overcoming Adversity

Even though he was born with only one hand, he adapted, overcame adversity and found excellence in his 10-year professional pitching career. In his speech, Jim provides the audience with five strategies that anyone can use to achieve their best. A - Adjustability D - Determination A - Accounta ...

Even though he was born with only one hand, he adapted, overcame adversity and found excellence in his 10-year professional pitching career. In his speech, Jim provides the audience with five strategies that anyone can use to achieve their best.
A - Adjustability
D - Determination
A - Accountability
P - Perseverance
T – Trust

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Biography

Jim Abbott was born September 19, 1967, in Flint, Michigan without a right 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.

Abbott has worked with The Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) on several initiatives encouraging businesses to hire people with disabilities.

Today, in addition to often being a Guest Pitching Instructor during Spring Training for the Los Angeles Angels, Jim Abbott is a motivational speaker.