Jim Abbott: "Imperfect: An Improbable Life"
June 26, 2013, 3:53 pm
pitcher Jim Abbott
joined John Canzano on The Bald Faced Truth to talk about his time in the majors, overcoming being born without a right hand, and his new book, "Imperfect: An Improbable Life"
“Growing up the way I did, I knew what it was like to be lonely, I knew what it was like to be different, and so sports called to me,” said Abbott
. His book is an account of the support he received from family growing up in Flint, Michigan and the challenges he faced on his road to becoming a major league starting pitcher.
Over his career, Abbott became an inspiration to those who also dealt with similar issues, acting as a hero to children who shared his disability. “They were inspiring to me, they weren’t always easy to me because they were a reminder of my own differences and the things I had gone through as a kid and the questions that my parents had faced when I was younger,” said Abbott, “but I never walked back into the clubhouse after meeting one of those children not more determined to follow that example and make the most of what I had been given.”
Abbott also talked about his time with George Steinbrenner and the Yankees as well as the side of professional you rarely see.
Click on the link below to listen to the interview with Jim Abbott.