College Baseball Hall of Famer Jim Abbott as the keynote speaker for the University of Michigan Athletic Department’s Student-Athlete Graduation Celebration that took place on Aprli 29 inside the Crisler Center. The event was closed to the public, however it was live streamed on MGoBlue.com for no cost. At the graduation ceremony itself there were over 100 student athletes that attended, and had a great send off into their new adult lives from Abbott, along with gymnast Nolan Novak and soccer player Maddie Clarfield.
Abbott was born without a right hand, but that didn’t stop him from pursuing a sports career that many would think impossible with such a handicap. He took on the role as a pitcher and found that he was very good at it, and went on to play with the California Angels in 1989 to 1992. From there he did seven more years in the MLB with teams such as the New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox, and Milwaukee Brewers until he retired in 1999. One of his highest moments playing baseball was on September 4, 1993 when he pitched a no-hitter game. Prior to joining the big leagues he also played for his university, Michigan, who inducted him into their hall of fame in 2007.
The 1987 Golden Spikes Award winner spoke to the student athletes at MU late last month and he was a perfect fit for the event.
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