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Imperfect - An Improbable Life

Jim Abbott

On an overcast September day in 1993, Jim Abbott took the mound at Yankee Stadium and threw one of the most dramatic no-hitters in major-league history. The game was the crowning achievement in an unlikely success story, unseen in the annals of professional sports. In Imperfect, the one-time big league ace retraces his remarkable journey. Born without a right hand, Jim Abbott as a boy dreamed of being a great athlete. Raised in Flint, Michigan, by parents who saw in his condition not a disability but an extraordinary opportunity, Jim became a two-sport standout in high school, then an ace pitcher for the University of Michigan. But his journey was only beginning. As a nineteen-year-old, Jim beat the vaunted Cuban National Team. By twenty-one, he'd won the gold medal game at the 1988 Olympics and-without spending a day in the minor leagues-cracked the starting rotation of the California Angels. In 1991, he would finish third in the voting for the Cy Young Award. Two years later, he would don Yankee pinstripes and deliver a one-of-a-kind no-hitter. It wouldn't always be so good. After a season full of difficult losses-some of them by football scores-Jim was released, cut off from the game he loved. Unable to say good-bye so soon, Jim tried to come back, pushing himself to the limit-and through one of the loneliest experiences an athlete can have. But always, even then, there were children and their parents waiting for him outside the clubhouse doors, many of them with disabilities like his, seeking consolation and advice. These obligations became Jim's greatest honor. In this honest and insightful memoir, Jim Abbott reveals the insecurities of a life spent as the different one, how he habitually hid his disability in his right front pocket, and why he chose an occupation in which the uniform provided no front pockets. With a riveting pitch-by-pitch account of his no-hitter providing the ideal frame for his story, this unique athlete offers readers an extraordinary and unforgettable memoir.

On an overcast September day in 1993, Jim Abbott took the mound at Yankee Stadium and threw one of the most dramatic no-hitters in major-league history. The game was the crowning achievement in an unlikely success story, unseen in the annals of professional sports. In Imperfect, the one-time big league ace retraces his remarkable journey. Born without a right hand, Jim Abbott as a boy dreamed of being a great athlete. Raised in Flint, Michigan, by parents who saw in his condition not a disability but an extraordinary opportunity, Jim became a two-sport standout in high school, then an ace pitcher for the University of Michigan. But his journey was only beginning. As a nineteen-year-old, Jim beat the vaunted Cuban National Team. By twenty-one, he'd won the gold medal game at the 1988 Olympics and-without spending a day in the minor leagues-cracked the starting rotation of the California Angels. In 1991, he would finish third in the voting for the Cy Young Award. Two years later, he would don Yankee pinstripes and deliver a one-of-a-kind no-hitter. It wouldn't always be so good. After a season full of difficult losses-some of them by football scores-Jim was released, cut off from the game he loved. Unable to say good-bye so soon, Jim tried to come back, pushing himself to the limit-and through one of the loneliest experiences an athlete can have. But always, even then, there were children and their parents waiting for him outside the clubhouse doors, many of them with disabilities like his, seeking consolation and advice. These obligations became Jim's greatest honor. In this honest and insightful memoir, Jim Abbott reveals the insecurities of a life spent as the different one, how he habitually hid his disability in his right front pocket, and why he chose an occupation in which the uniform provided no front pockets. With a riveting pitch-by-pitch account of his no-hitter providing the ideal frame for his story, this unique athlete offers readers an extraordinary and unforgettable memoir.
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On an overcast September day in 1993, Jim Abbott took the mound at Yankee Stadium and threw one of the most dramatic no-hitters in major-league history. The game was the crowning achievement in an unlikely success story, unseen in the annals of professional sports. In Imperfect, the one-time big league ace retraces his remarkable journey. Born without a right hand, Jim Abbott as a boy dreamed of being a great athlete. Raised in Flint, Michigan, by parents who saw in his condition not a disability but an extraordinary opportunity, Jim became a two-sport standout in high school, then an ace pitcher for the University of Michigan. But his journey was only beginning. As a nineteen-year-old, Jim beat the vaunted Cuban National Team. By twenty-one, he'd won the gold medal game at the 1988 Olympics and-without spending a day in the minor leagues-cracked the starting rotation of the California Angels. In 1991, he would finish third in the voting for the Cy Young Award. Two years later, he would don Yankee pinstripes and deliver a one-of-a-kind no-hitter. It wouldn't always be so good. After a season full of difficult losses-some of them by football scores-Jim was released, cut off from the game he loved. Unable to say good-bye so soon, Jim tried to come back, pushing himself to the limit-and through one of the loneliest experiences an athlete can have. But always, even then, there were children and their parents waiting for him outside the clubhouse doors, many of them with disabilities like his, seeking consolation and advice. These obligations became Jim's greatest honor. In this honest and insightful memoir, Jim Abbott reveals the insecurities of a life spent as the different one, how he habitually hid his disability in his right front pocket, and why he chose an occupation in which the uniform provided no front pockets. With a riveting pitch-by-pitch account of his no-hitter providing the ideal frame for his story, this unique athlete offers readers an extraordinary and unforgettable memoir.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Tim Brown

Length:

9h 8m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:13


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:22


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:54


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:34


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:43


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:17


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:04


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:42


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:55


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:24


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:01


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:51


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:28


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:51


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:47


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:13


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:24


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:59


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:03


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:29


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:16


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:37


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:39


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:04


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:13


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:37


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:19


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:12


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:59


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:26


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:12


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:36


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:38


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:37


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:51


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:26


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:16


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:41


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:41


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:42


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:12


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:20


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:50


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:16


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:35


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:54


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:27


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:59


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:39


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:38


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:29


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:59


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:34


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:34


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:32


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:02


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:41


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:06


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:10


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:42


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:14


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:12


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:16


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:39


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:59


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:10


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:09


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:12


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:41


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:35


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:10


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:24


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:39


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:18


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:53


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:13


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:51


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:52


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:37


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:25


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:30


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:52


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:55


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:39


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:37


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:02


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:35


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:18


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

01:01


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:18


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:07


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:02


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

03:53


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:40


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:54


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

05:39


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

06:28


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

06:26


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

03:44


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

05:01


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:32


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

05:02


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

04:49


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

05:23


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

00:24