By Jim Abbott

“Honest, touching, and wonderfully rendered . . . excess of a ebook approximately baseball, it's a deeply felt tale of triumph and failure, goals and disappointments. Jim Abbott has hurled one other gem.”—Jonathan Eig, New York Times bestselling writer of Luckiest Man
Born with no correct hand, Jim Abbott dreamed of sometime being an exceptional athlete. Raised in Flint, Michigan, by way of mom and dad who inspired him to compete, Jim could turn into an ace pitcher for the college of Michigan. yet his trip used to be basically starting: via twenty-one, he’d gained the gold medal video game on the 1988 Olympics and—without spending an afternoon within the minor leagues—cracked the beginning rotation of the California Angels. In 1991, he might end 3rd within the balloting for the Cy younger Award. years later, he may don Yankee pinstripes and pitch essentially the most dramatic no-hitters in major-league history.
during this sincere and insightful booklet, Jim Abbott unearths the demanding situations he confronted in changing into an elite pitcher, the insecurities he handled in a lifestyles spent because the assorted one, and the serious emotion generated by way of his encounters with disabled youngsters from round the kingdom. With a riveting pitch-by-pitch account of his no-hitter delivering the right body for his tale, this special athlete deals readers a rare and unforgettable memoir.
“Compelling . . . [a] big-hearted memoir.”—Los Angeles Times
“Inspirational.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer
comprises an unique dialog among Jim Abbott and Tim Brown at the back of the e-book.

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To push onward appeared encouraged by means of cash, or desperation, neither of which appeared sincere. I’d made sufficient funds. i presumed I’d performed adequate placing on. i assumed i may feel free. So, at thirty-one, I moved on with lifestyles. i used to be fearful, yet I additionally felt blessed that the sport had given me any such nice head commence. Like my mother acknowledged, each step, each new point, used to be presupposed to were a present. And it was once. you recognize, might be I’d pass throw a ball off the bricks in Flint back. might be that’s the place all of this was once to finish. bankruptcy 18 As I accrued my recommendations and composure within the dugout one ultimate time, my breath got here in jagged wisps. I laid my jacket at the bench, stacked the 8th and ultimate cup with the others, took convenience within the method, and had a fleeting recollection of once more love it. 5 years sooner than, there has been a 9th inning in Seoul, South Korea, an Olympic gold medal ready past 3 extra outs. The ballpark was once simply that loud and that i was once simply that fearful, simply that excited. I’d been via it, thrown moves, comprehensive it in a pile of teammates. possibly i'll get there back. perhaps shall we. nonetheless, stooping to select up the baseball at the mound, i used to be haunted via a well-known notion: With my center hammering like this, how was once I going to throw a unmarried pitch, not to mention get a big-league hitter out? i discovered Nokes and threw a warm-up pitch. a number of extra. I compelled a deep breath. My chest felt heavy, yet i used to be ok, by no means fatigued, and the ball used to be behaving, leaving my hand easily. this is often it, i assumed. belief, i presumed. Let’s throw a strike. Let’s throw a no-hitter. Kenny Lofton stood in from the left part. Nokes, nonetheless on our plan, sought after a slider. I threw it with self assurance, towards the center of the plate, believing the holiday might hold it clear of Lofton’s bat barrel. All that occurred, other than Lofton grew to become, slid his left hand up the bat and jabbed on the pitch. greater than a 10th of his hits that season have been bunt hits. And but in that second I’d now not given the bunt a unmarried inspiration. I’m unsure someone had. I wasn’t prepared for it. nobody was once. The ball skittered down the third-base line, foul. the gang booed. Lofton grimaced. Wade Boggs moved in a couple of steps from 3rd, Don Mattingly crept in from first base. This used to be Lofton’s online game, granted. and naturally his first concept used to be to win the ballgame. We have been forward simply 4–0. breaking apart a no-hitter within the ultimate couple innings with a bunt, despite the fact that, is taken into account undesirable shape. I wasn’t yes approximately that, yet i used to be definite i'd have hated to lose 8 innings’ worthy of no-hitter on a thirty-five-foot hit. additionally, Lofton quite often killed me; he definitely didn’t have to bunt to get on base. Nokes acknowledged not anything to Lofton at once. He didn’t need to. He shouted out to Boggs and Mattingly to maintain a watch on that, asserting it in a tone like, are you able to think this man? via then i used to be relieved I’d thrown a slider rather than a fastball, which Lofton may need timed larger, and relieved the ball had spun foul, and relieved to be nonetheless pitching for a no-hitter.

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