Happy Birthday Jim Abbott!!!
Jim Abbott turns 47 years old today.
One of the most inspirational athletes of my generation, Jim Abbott and his amazing story remain as a precious baseball memory for me.
I knew little about Abbott prior to his rookie card debut in the 1988 Topps baseball card set. Back then it meant quite a bit to be part of the Team USA set so I always tried to spend a little time learning about the players featured. And with no Internet, this was quite a challenge. But when Abbott’s second card came out in the 1989 Topps set, he had a reputation and stories about him and his abilities became more available to collectors.
Abbott was a fan favorite in each city he called ‘home’. And on the road he was quite an attraction.
Happy Birthday Mr. Abbott!!!