Happy Anniversary: Jim Abbott no-hits the Indians
On this date in 1993, Yankees left-hander Jim Abbott no-hit the Indians. Abbott was born without a right hand.
Abbott, now 46, used to keep his glove on his right arm, then slip it on his left hand after releasing each pitch so he could field the ball. Despite his handicap, he managed to carve out a 10-year big-league career, going 87-108 with a 4.25 ERA for the Angels, Yankees, White Sox and Brewers.
I think my all-time favorite Abbott stat is that he had two career hits with only 10 strikeouts at the plate in 21 at-bats (.095 average) despite not having a right hand. The Cardinals' Michael Wacha is 1 for 23 (.043) with 13 strikeouts this year. He has two hands.