Globe iconLogin iconRecap iconSearch iconTickets icon

Let's all relive the magic of Jim Abbott tossing his no-hitter at Yankee Stadium

Remembering Jim Abbott's magical no-hitter

Jim Abbott's story is a remarkable one. Despite being born without a right hand, he was a star at the University of Michigan, pitched the U.S. to an unofficial gold medal in the Olympics and became a first-round Draft pick of the Angels in 1988.

But that perseverance shouldn't be the only thing we remember about him. Abbott was a good pitcher -- he entered California's rotation as a rookie without making a single Minor League start, and in his third Major League season, he finished third in Cy Young Award voting with a 2.89 ERA. On Sept. 4, 1993, as a member of the Yankees, he etched his name into baseball history by firing a no-hitter:

Abbott no-hitter

He didn't do it against soft competition, either. Abbott faced an Indians lineup featuring Kenny Lofton, Carlos Baerga, Jim Thome and some rookie playing in his third career game named Manny Ramirez  -- the core of a team that just two years later would win the American League. 

But Abbott frustrated Cleveland all day, posting one of the most strangely dominant stat lines you'll see: Five walks to just three strikeouts. Abbott pitched to contact masterfully, inducing 15 ground balls while giving up just one line drive. He may have just missed a Maddux -- he threw 119 pitches -- but it was a pretty good impression. 

Read More: New York Yankees