New York Yankee Legends: Jim Abbott, the most amazing no-hitter in baseball (video)

Jim Abbott

The New York Yankees have had some amazing pitchers over the years. However, major League Baseball has only one baseball player like Jim Abbott. Not only did he have a no-hitter, but he did it with only one hand. This month is the 28th anniversary of that September 4, 1993 feat the put him in the history books forever.

In the last 28 years since Abbott’s no-no, there have been only 4 no-hitters, all by pitchers with two hands. Dwight Gooden (1996), David Wells (1998 perfect), David Cone (1999 perfect), and the final one this year by Corey Kluber on May 19, 2021.

Jim Abbott’s Major League career lasted a decade. It began in California and ended in Milwaukee. Along the way, he totaled 87 wins, a 4.25 ERA, 888 strikeouts, and a no-hitter. He began his journey as a rookie for the Angels in 1989, tossed that no-no as a member of the Yankees, continued to beat the odds with the White Sox. Then, for a curtain call, he tallied both his career hits and knocked in all three of his career RBIs as a member of the ’99 Milwaukee Brewers roughly a month before his remarkable career ended.

His signature moment in baseball came during the 1989 season when he had a no-hitter with the Yankees, but that was not what made him remarkable. He is the only pitcher in the history of baseball to have only one hand. Most pitchers only dream of throwing a no-hitter; Jim Abbott did it and with only one hand. Abbott, a southpaw, was born in Flint, Michigan, in 1967. His left arm was longer than his right, which ended in a wrist that resembled a balled-up fist to which no fingers were attached. He became more aware of the limb difference in grade school when he endured teasing on the playground and awkward glances in class. Undaunted, he was thrilled when his dad bought him his first glove—a cheap plastic one from the drug store, but still, a baseball glove. Father and son set about playing catch, with a bit of problem-solving involved.

When Jim began school, he was fitted with a mechanical hand made of fiberglass and metal. But he hated the prosthesis, which he called a “hook,” because it frightened some of his classmates and made him self-conscious. Eventually, his parents stopped making him wear it. At 11, Jim joined a Little League team and threw a no-hitter in the first game he pitched. Despite his early success, most people figured the competition would soon pass him by. In fact, at every step, from Little League on, he kept hearing that his playing days would probably end at that level. But at each new level, Jim proved his doubters wrong. When he entered high school at Flint Central, his new coach doubted Jim would defend his position adequately. But Jim actually fielded well enough to play first base and the outfield when he wasn’t pitching.

As a sophomore pitcher for the University of Michigan in 1987, he was named the best amateur athlete and the top amateur baseball player in the nation. He became the first U.S. pitcher to beat the Cuban national team in Cuba in 25 years. As a junior, he garnered a gold medal as a 1988 U.S. Olympic baseball team member, crowning his amateur career by beating Japan in the final game in Seoul, South Korea. In his first season in professional baseball, he won a spot in the starting rotation of the pennant-contending Angels. He was not only the only major leaguer with a major disability, but Abbott never spent a day in the minor leagues.

In December 1992, Abbott was traded to the New York Yankees for three minor-league prospects when the Angels couldn’t sign him to a long-term agreement. The Yankees, who hadn’t participated in a postseason game in more than a decade, were hungry for a pennant going into the 1993 season. However, Abbott’s time with the Yankees would be frustrating as he was often the butt of George Steinbrenner’s scorn. During his time with the New York Yankees, Abbott was only mediocre as a pitcher, and as Abbott spent a lot of time working with disabled children and his charities, Steinbrenner thought he should be 100% focused on baseball.

On September 4, 1993, the New York Yankee Stadium fans were treated to one of the most awe-inspiring triumphs in sports history. Abbott bested a potent Indians lineup that featured Kenny Lofton, Carlos Baerga, Albert Belle, and Manny Ramirez and surrendered no hits over nine historic innings. His masterpiece remains an inspiration today as the only no-hitter by a one-hander.

There will never be another Jim Abbott. This unlikely sports hero was an Olympic medalist, a member of the no-hitter club, and a (mostly) effective professional athlete for a decade. But, metaphorically speaking, he accomplished all these amazing things with one hand tied behind his back. And he saved his last great baseball moment for the Milwaukee Brewers.

In 1999 Abbott joined the Brewers of the National League. Abbott would now be required to hit as well as pitch. On June 15th of the year, he would be ninth in the lineup. On the pitcher’s first pitch to him, he would blast a line drive to center to drive in a run—just another amazing accomplishment from an amazing man. In baseball, there are lefties and righties, but only one one-hander.

The great Jim Abbott, for his major-league career, Jim Abbott won 87 games and lost 108 with a 4.25 earned run average. Yet, he had as much impact as any player who played the game, giving renewed hope to thousands with disabilities. He once estimated that he had at least one scheduled meeting with a disabled child during every road series of his career. He today still is a speaker and advocate for the disabled, particularly children.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Gda6XZDx6c

New York Yankee History: A look at all the Yankee’s No-Hitters

Jim Abbott

The New York Yankees, the most illustrious winning sports franchise in all sports worldwide, has had their share of no-hitters in their history. They also own the only World Series perfect game in the history of baseball.

First, it’s important to know the difference between a no-hitter and a perfect game. A no-hitter seems pretty simple; you allow no hits. But there are some fine nuances. The definition, according to Baseball-Reference.com when a pitcher (or pitchers) allows no hits during the entire course of a game, which consists of at least nine innings. In a no-hit game, batters can get on base and even score, which leaves it open to you to decide whose no-hitter seems integral than another. Walks, errors, hit by pitches, passed and wild balls, and catcher interference that allows a hitter to reach or score is allowed, and it is still a no-hitter.

If you want to bring the integrity of a no-hitter up still another notch, we come to the definition of a perfect game, and it’s far easier to describe. No one gets on base, period in a nine or more inning game. In this writer’s opinion, the best no-hitter to take place in a Yankees uniform was Jim Abbott’s accomplishment on September 4, 1993. Although Abbott allowed 5 runners, none scored. He is the only pitcher to ever throw a no-hitter after being born with no right hand. Don Larsen threw the finest perfect game against the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1956 World Series. To date, it is the only perfect game to be thrown in a World Series.

A note of interest is that previous to 1991, MLB allowed no-hitters and perfect games to occur in games that only had seven innings. MLB and MLBPA (player’s union) changed that in an agreement before the 1991 season. Now they must occur in a nine or more inning game. Much to the chagrin of the Arizona Diamondbacks and their starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner, on April 25, 2021, as part of a seven-inning doubleheader on that day, Bumgarner had a “no-hitter outing.” Still, per MLB official rules, it will not be considered a no-hitter even though he had no control over the game’s length.

The New York Yankees has had 12 no-hitters, all 30 MLB teams have had 268 no-hitters recognized by MLB in the modern era. That is from 1901, when the American League was formed. According to Sporting News, the Los Angeles Dodgers (Brooklyn Dodgers) have had the greatest number of no-hitters (26). According to MLB.com, Nolan Ryan had the most no-hitters in his career (7).

Here are all the New York Yankee’s no-hitters:

  1. George Anthony Mogridge. April 24, 1917, against the Boston Red Sox. The final score was tied for the smallest victory, 2-1 with 3 baserunners allowed. It was the first no-hitter ever thrown at Boston’s Fenway Park. Morgridge played for the Yankees from 1915 to 1920. He accomplished his feat at the age of 28 and spent 15 years in the major leagues.
  2. Samuel Pond Jones. September 4, 1923, against the Philadelphia Athletics. The final score was 2-0, with 2 runners allowed. It is the only no-hitter in MLB hitter where the pitcher did not strike out a single batter. His 22 consecutive seasons pitching in one league is a major league record shared with Herb Pennock, Early Wynn, Red Ruffing, and Steve Carlton.
  3. Montgomery “Monte” Pearson. August 27, 1938, against the Cleveland Indians. The final score was a Yankee blowout, 13-0 with 2 runners allowed. It was in the second game of a weekend doubleheader and was the first no-hitter ever throw at Yankee Stadium.
  4. Allie Pierce Reynolds. July 12, 1951, against the Cleveland Indians. The final score was 1-0, tied for the smallest scoring game. He allowed 3 runners, two walks, and an error.
  5. Allie Pierce Reynolds. September 28, 1951, against the Boston Red Sox. The final score was 8-0 with 4 runners allowed. Reynolds is the only New York Yankee pitcher to ever have two no-hitters in his career; what made it even more amazing is that they were within the same season. He was one of only six MLB pitchers to pitch two no-hitters in the same season. Reynolds pitched for the Yankees for 8 years between 1947 and 1954. During that time, he was one of the best Yankee pitchers ever, going 131-60.
  6. Don James Larsen. October 8, 1956, against the Brooklyn Dodgers. The final score was 2-0 with no runners. It was the sixth ever perfect game in MLB history and the first for the New York Yankees. It was also the only perfect game during a World Series (Game 5, 1956). The odd thing is that Larsen had a five-year losing record with the Yankees, but on this one day, he was perfect. It just goes to show you why baseball is so wonderful; you never know what could happen on any given day.
  7. David Allan Righetti. July 4, 1983, against the Boston Red Sox. The final score was 4-0, with 4 runners allowed. The was a very special no-hitter for deceased Yankee owner George Steinbrenner as it was against his most hated team and occurred on his birthday. This is likely the first no-hitter thrown in most present-day Yankee fans’ memory.
  8. James Anthony Abbott. September 4, 1993, against the Cleveland Indians. The final score was 4-0, with 5 runners allowed. This is my favorite Yankee no-hitter for two reasons. Knowing the history of this player and what he achieved in his baseball career was already inspiring. He is the only pitcher to pitch a no-hitter with only one hand in MLB history. The other reason was that I was honored to be in attendance at the old Yankee stadium, far up the third tier, to witness this remarkable achievement.
  9. Dwight Eugene Gooden. May 14, 1996, against the Seattle Mariners. The final score was 2-0, with 7 runners allowed. This was the last non-perfect no-hitter to the thrown at the old Yankee Stadium. 
  10. David Lee Wells. May 17, 1998, against the Minnesota Twins. The final score was 4-0, and it was the second perfect game thrown in Yankee history and the 15th in major league history. Wells would later admit his accomplishment was made while pitching with a hangover. 
  11. David Brian Cone. July 18, 1999, against the Montreal Expos. The final score was 6-0, and it was the Yankees’ third perfect game thrown and the 16th in major league history. It was also the only perfect game to be thrown in interleague play. Notable is that it occurred on Yogi Berra day. The catcher that caught the first-ever perfect game for the Yankees. Joining him in the stands that day was the Yankees’ Don Larsen, who pitched the only perfect game in World Series history, a record still today.
  12. Corey Scott Kluber. May 19, 2021, against the Texas Rangers. The final score 2-0, with one runner allowed. What makes this no-hitter so remarkable is that it is the only no-hitter that was short, just a walk from becoming a perfect game. Also somewhat like Jim Abbott, Kluber overcame many struggles for the 2 time CY Young Award winner to return to form after not pitching for nearly two years.
 

New York Yankee Legends: Jim Abbott, the most amazing no-hitter in all of baseball (video)

Jim Abbott

For the New York Yankees, they have had some amazing pitchers over the years. Major League Baseball has only one baseball player like Jim Abbott. Not only did he have a no-hitter, but he didit with only one hand. Yesterday was the 27th anniversary of that great day for a great guy.

Jim Abbott’s Major League career lasted a decade. It began in California and ended in Milwaukee. Along the way, he totaled 87 wins, a 4.25 ERA, 888 strikeouts, and a no-hitter. He began his journey as a rookie for the Angels in 1989, tossed that no-no as a member of the Yankees, continued to beat the odds with the White Sox, and for a curtain call, he tallied both his career hits and knocked in all three of his career RBI as a member of the ’99 Milwaukee Brewers roughly a month before his remarkable career ended.

His signature moment in baseball came during the 1989 season when he had a no-hitter with the Yankees, but that was not what made him remarkable. He is the only pitcher in the history baseball to have only one hand.. Most pitchers only dream of throwing a no-hitter, Jim Abbott did it and with only one hand. Abbott a southpaw was born in Flint, Michigan in 1967. His left arm was longer than his right, which ended in a wrist that resembled a balled-up fist to which no fingers were attached. He became more aware of the limb difference in grade school when he endured teasing on the playground and awkward glances in class. Undaunted, he was thrilled when his dad bought him his first glove—a cheap plastic one from the drug store, but still, a baseball glove. Father and son set about playing catch, with a bit of problem-solving involved.

When Jim began school, he was fitted with a mechanical hand made of fiberglass and metal. But he hated the prosthesis, which he called a “hook,” because it frightened some of his classmates and made him self-conscious. Eventually, his parents stopped making him wear it. At the age of 11, Jim joined a Little League team and threw a no-hitter in the first game he pitched. Despite his early success, most people figured the competition would soon pass him by. In fact, at every step, from Little League on, he kept hearing that his playing days would probably end at that level. But at each new level, Jim proved his doubters wrong. When he entered high school at Flint Central, his new coach doubted Jim would be able to defend his position adequately. But Jim actually fielded well enough to play first base and the outfield when he wasn’t pitching.

As a sophomore pitcher for the University of Michigan in 1987, he was named the best amateur athlete and the top amateur baseball player in the nation and became the first U.S. pitcher to beat the Cuban national team in Cuba in 25 years. As a junior he garnered a gold medal as a member of the 1988 U.S. Olympic baseball team, crowning his amateur career by beating Japan in the final game in Seoul, South Korea. In his first season in professional baseball, he won a spot in the starting rotation of the pennant-contending Angels. He was not only the only major leaguer with a major disability, but Abbott never spent a day in the minor leagues.

In December 1992 Abbott was traded to the New York Yankees for three minor-league prospects when the Angels couldn’t sign him to a long-term agreement. The Yankees, who hadn’t participated in a postseason game in more than a decade, were hungry for a pennant going into the 1993 season. Abbott’s time with the Yankees would be frustrating as he was often the butt of George Steinbrenner’s scorn. Abbott, during his time with the New York Yankees, was only mediocre as a pitcher, and as Abbott spent a lot of time working with disabled children and his charities, Steinbrenner thought he should be 100% focused on baseball.

On September 4, 1993, the fans at New York Yankee Stadium were treated to one of the most awe-inspiring triumphs in sports history. Abbott bested a potent Indians lineup that featured Kenny Lofton, Carlos Baerga, Albert Belle, and Manny Ramirez, and surrendered no hits over nine historic innings. His masterpiece remains an inspiration today as the only no-hitter by a one-hander.

There will never be another Jim Abbott. This unlikely sports hero was an Olympic medalist, a member of the no-hitter club, and a (mostly) effective professional athlete for a decade. Metaphorically speaking, he accomplished all these amazing things with one hand tied behind his back. And he saved his last great baseball moment for the Milwaukee Brewers. In 1999 Abbott joined the Brewers of the National League. Abbott would now be required to hit as well as pitch. On June 15th of the year, he would be ninth in the lineup. On the pitcher’s first pitch to him, he would blast a line drive to center, to drive in a run. Just another amazing accomplishment from an amazing man. In baseball, there are lefties and righties, but only one, one-hander.

The great Jim Abbott for his major-league career, Jim Abbott won 87 games and lost 108 with a 4.25 earned run average. Yet, he had as much of an impact as any player who played the game, giving renewed hope to thousands with disabilities. He once estimated that he had at least one scheduled meeting with a disabled child during every road series of his career. He today still is a speaker and advocate for the disabled, particularly children.