Find something you love, and go after it, with all of your heart.
— Jim Abbott

Jim Abbott

Motivational Speaker
Professional Baseball Player

Jim Abbott
Jim Abbott
Jim Abbott

Jim Abbott Timeline


Drafted, selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 36th round of the 1985 free-agent draft; did not sign, instead went to college at University of Michigan.

Posted a 26-8 mark with a 3.03 ERA in three years at Michigan.


Named the Golden Spikes Award winner by USA Baseball.

Became the first baseball player to win the AAU's Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete of the year. The Sullivan, known as the "Oscar" of sports awards, and older than The Heisman, the AAU Sullivan Award honors the outstanding amateur athlete in the United States. It has been presented annually by the AAU since 1930.

In August Jim carried the United States flag during the opening ceremonies at the 1987 Pan American Games in Indianapolis, Indiana.

July 18, Jim was the first American pitcher to defeat Cuba in Cuba in 25 years.

1987 and 1988

Received the Geoff Zahn Award as Michigan's Most Valuable Pitcher.


Voted to be the left-handed pitcher on The Sporting News college All-America team.

Member of the U.S. Olympic baseball team. Abbott pitched a complete game leading the United States to a gold medal victory over Japan, in Seoul, Korea.

The first baseball player to win the Jesse Owens Award as Big Ten Male Athlete of the Year.

Named Big Ten Baseball Player of the Year.

Drafted by the California Angels in the 1st round (8th pick) of the 1988 amateur draft. Jim Abbott was one of only three pitchers during the 1980's to win his first professional game at the major league level.


Victory Award recipient at the Kennedy Center Washington D.C.


Traded by the California Angels to the New York Yankees for J.T. Snow, Jerry Nielsen, and Russ Springer.


As pitcher for the Yankees, Jim Abbott no-hit the Tribe, 4-0, in a game at Yankee Stadium. Abbott was the first Yankees pitcher to throw a no-hitter in a decade.


Signed as a Free Agent with the Chicago White Sox. In the same year he was traded by the Chicago White Sox with Tim Fortugno to the California Angels for McKay Christensen, John Snyder, Andrew Lorraine, and Bill Simas.


Signed as a Free Agent with the California Angels.


Signed as a Free Agent with the Chicago White Sox.


Signed as a Free Agent with the Milwaukee Brewers.


Began professional motivational speaking.


Inducted to the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.


Elected to the College Baseball Hall of Fame.


The University of Michigan awarded him an Honorary Degree Doctor of Laws.


PITCH spokesperson for the US Department of Labor.

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