By Jim Abbott
“Honest, touching, and wonderfully rendered . . . excess of a publication approximately baseball, it's a deeply felt tale of triumph and failure, goals and disappointments. Jim Abbott has hurled one other gem.”—Jonathan Eig, New York Times bestselling writer of Luckiest Man
NEW YORK occasions BESTSELLER
Born with out a correct hand, Jim Abbott dreamed of sometime being a superb athlete. Raised in Flint, Michigan, via mom and dad who inspired him to compete, Jim might develop into an ace pitcher for the college of Michigan. yet his trip used to be in simple terms starting: via twenty-one, he’d gained the gold medal video game on the 1988 Olympics and—without spending an afternoon within the minor leagues—cracked the beginning rotation of the California Angels. In 1991, he may end 3rd within the vote casting for the Cy younger Award. years later, he might don Yankee pinstripes and pitch probably the most dramatic no-hitters in major-league history.
during this sincere and insightful publication, Jim Abbott unearths the demanding situations he confronted in turning into an elite pitcher, the insecurities he handled in a existence spent because the diverse one, and the serious emotion generated via his encounters with disabled young ones from round the kingdom. With a riveting pitch-by-pitch account of his no-hitter delivering the perfect body for his tale, this particular athlete bargains readers a rare and unforgettable memoir.
“Compelling . . . [a] big-hearted memoir.”—Los Angeles Times
“Inspirational.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer
comprises an unique dialog among Jim Abbott and Tim Brown at the back of the ebook.
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I discovered Nokes and threw a warm-up pitch. a couple of extra. I compelled a deep breath. My chest felt heavy, yet i used to be ok, under no circumstances fatigued, and the ball was once behaving, leaving my hand easily. this can be it, i assumed. belief, i presumed. Let’s throw a strike. Let’s throw a no-hitter. Kenny Lofton stood in from the left facet. Nokes, nonetheless on our plan, sought after a slider. I threw it with self assurance, towards the center of the plate, believing the holiday could hold it clear of Lofton’s bat barrel. All that occurred, other than Lofton grew to become, slid his left hand up the bat and jabbed on the pitch. greater than a 10th of his hits that season have been bunt hits. And but in that second I’d now not given the bunt a unmarried inspiration. I’m unsure somebody had. I wasn’t prepared for it. not anyone used to be. The ball skittered down the third-base line, foul. the group booed. Lofton grimaced. Wade Boggs moved in a number of steps from 3rd, Don Mattingly crept in from first base. This was once Lofton’s online game, granted. and naturally his first proposal used to be to win the ballgame. We have been forward purely 4–0. breaking apart a no-hitter within the ultimate couple innings with a bunt, in spite of the fact that, is taken into account undesirable shape. I wasn’t convinced approximately that, yet i used to be convinced i'd have hated to lose 8 innings’ worthy of no-hitter on a thirty-five-foot hit. additionally, Lofton in most cases killed me; he definitely didn’t have to bunt to get on base. Nokes stated not anything to Lofton without delay. He didn’t need to. He shouted out to Boggs and Mattingly to maintain a watch on that, announcing it in a tone like, are you able to think this man? through then i used to be relieved I’d thrown a slider rather than a fastball, which Lofton may need timed greater, and relieved the ball had spun foul, and relieved to be nonetheless pitching for a no-hitter. I took one other ball from Nokes, compelled one other lengthy breath. We have been a unmarried pitch into the 9th inning, and already we’d had a defiant play, a close to omit, a gust of anger, and a do-over solution. guy, i presumed, this is often enjoyable, and excruciating. So, we reset. 3 outs all of sudden appeared a ways away. Nokes settled again in in the back of the plate, Boggs and Mattingly leaned a bit ahead, the enthusiasts stirred back loudly, Lee Smith resumed warming within the bullpen, greenback Showalter and Tony Cloninger recrossed their hands within the dugout, the bunt now not a close to pass over or an emotional flare-up yet a strike. Strike one. Believing Lofton wouldn’t try out that back, Nokes sought after a cutter. Lofton didn’t try out it back. in its place, he took strike at the outdoor nook. Now we’d eradicated the bunt solely. We went to the slider on zero and a pair of, sweeping it away, and simply as I had on Thome, I went to a three-quarter arm slot, figuring there has been no cause to carry whatever again. It ran prosperous the plate and Lofton held his swing. So we went again to the cutter, Lofton swung, and for the second one time within the at-bat i thought the no-hitter was once most likely long past. The ball bounded over my head and up the center towards moment base. I gave a bit bounce, swiped on the air, yet had no probability. I became, part watching for to work out the ball rolling into heart box.