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1993 HEADLINE – Jim Abbott Hurls No-Hitter For Yankees!!

1993 HEADLINE – Jim Abbott Hurls No-Hitter For Yankees!!

On this day in 1993, Jim Abbott pitched a no-hitter for the New York Yankees.

All major league starting pitchers have the talent to throw a no-hitter.  Yet of all of the guys that I have seen, watched, or read about tossing a ‘No-No’, Jim Abbott’s performance back in 1993 was astonishing to me and remains a bold memory for me 17 years later.

In that game, Abbott was awesome.  In front of 27,000 fans at Yankee Stadium, Abbott’s Yankees team took on the Cleveland Indians.  The Indians roster was stacked with talented hitters like Kenny Lofton, Albert Belle, Manny Ramirez, and Jim Thome.  Having to battle and overcoming these incredibly talented hitters makes Abbott’s no-hitter more remarkable…

While putting in 9 innings of work, Abbott threw 119 pitches.  And while walking 5 batters and striking out just 3 men through the game, it was Abbott’s competitive nature that helped him through the game which led his team to victory and him into baseball’s record books!!!

Congratulations Jim Abbott!!!

Jim Abbott 1989 Donruss Baseball’s Best

Jim Abbott 1989 Donruss Baseball’s Best

From what I have been able to see, not too many players made it into the ‘Baseballs Best’ set issued by Donruss in their first big league seasons – and the set was pretty large too.

But, Jim Abbott such a reputation before hitting the majors that he deserved the added attention given to him by the major card companies.

From the Olympic success and the collegiate dominance, Abbott was indeed one of ‘Baseballs Best’!!!!

It’s too bad that the photo cannot be classified that way….

Happy Anniversary Jim Abbott!!!

Happy Anniversary Jim Abbott!!!

On this day in 1989 Jim Abbott made his major league debut with the California Angels.

Prior to his big league debut, Abbott had already conquered Little League, High School baseball, Collegiate Baseball, and even The Olympics.  Yet this day stands alone.  On this day Jim Abbott stood toe to toe with the best baseball players in the world and was their peer.  Disability or not, he made it to the major leagues defying odds and hurdling obstacle after obstacle that was thrown his way.

On this day, we salute you Mr. Abbott!! A true baseball hero and icon!!!!

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Happy Anniversary Jim Abbott!!!

Happy Anniversary Jim Abbott!!!

On this day in 1993, Jim Abbott pitched a no-hitter for the New York Yankees.

All major league starting pitchers have the talent to throw a no-hitter.  Yet of all of the guys that I have seen, watched, or read about tossing a ‘No-No’, Jim Abbott’s performance back in 1993 was astonishing to me and remains a bold memory for me 17 years later.

In that game, Abbott was awesome.  In front of 27,000 fans at Yankee Stadium, Abbott’s Yankees team took on the Cleveland Indians.  The Indians roster was stacked with talented hitters like Kenny Lofton, Albert Belle, Manny Ramirez, and Jim Thome.  Having to battle and overcoming these incredibly talented hitters makes Abbott’s no-hitter more remarkable…

While putting in 9 innings of work, Abbott threw 119 pitches.  And while walking 5 batters and striking out just 3 men through the game, it was Abbott’s competitive nature that helped him through the game which led his team to victory and him into baseball’s record books!!!

Congratulations Jim Abbott!!!

Happy Anniversary Jim Abbott!!!

On this day in 1993, Jim Abbott pitched a no-hitter for the New York Yankees.

All major league starting pitchers have the talent to throw a no-hitter.  Yet of all of the guys that I have seen, watched, or read about tossing a ‘No-No’, Jim Abbott’s performance back in 1993 was astonishing to me and remains a bold memory for me 17 years later.

In that game, Abbott was awesome.  In front of 27,000 fans at Yankee Stadium, Abbott’s Yankees team took on the Cleveland Indians.  The Indians roster was stacked with talented hitters like Kenny Lofton, Albert Belle, Manny Ramirez, and Jim Thome.  Having to battle and overcoming these incredibly talented hitters makes Abbott’s no-hitter more remarkable…

While putting in 9 innings of work, Abbott threw 119 pitches.  And while walking 5 batters and striking out just 3 men through the game, it was Abbott’s competitive nature that helped him through the game which led his team to victory and him into baseball’s record books!!!

Congratulations Jim Abbott!!!

‘On The Road With psugator02′ – May 22, 2010

‘On The Road With psugator02′ – May 22, 2010

Saturday, May 22
Mark Light Field at Alex Rodriguez Park
Coral Gables, Fla.
Virginia at Miami
12-5:15 p.m.

I roasted but at least I got to see a good game. Made the mistake of wearing my Gators’ shirt so I got a few comments for that (but at least they were in fun). I was told that my ticket cost $45 and thought the cashier was being serious until I realized he was poking fun at me for my UF allegiances. Saw Miami Heat coach Eric Spoelstra but didn’t have anything for him. Got lucky that it was Fan Appreciation Day and uncut sheets of team cards were being given out. I grabbed two. On to the totals:

Thomas Powers: 2/2 (uncut sheets)
Joe Lovecchio: 1/1 (uncut sheets)
Steven Ewing: 2/2 (uncut sheets)
Thomas Powers: 2/2 (uncut sheets)
Chantz Mack: 2/2 (uncut sheets)
David Villasuso: 2/2 (uncut sheets)
Taylor Wulf: 2/2 (uncut sheets)
Frankie Ratcliff: 3/3 (uncut sheets, SG custom)
Eric Erickson: 2/2 (uncut sheets, UM program)
Chris Pelaez: 3/3 (uncut sheets, custom)….he went to JUCO for a year then transferred to U of Louisville, where I was born. Oddly enough never attended the Kentucky Derby. I guess the school always schedules away games during that week
Rony Rodriguez: 2/2 (uncut sheets)
Michael Broad: 3/3 (uncut sheets, custom)…said he hadn’t read the wonderful story about him written in the local paper. told him that I’ve been to the Little League World Series and that I loved the electricity in the crowd and Broad suddenly got animated (remember that this is the kid whose Boynton Beach team won the LLWS back in 2003)
Zeke DeVoss: 2/2 (uncut sheets)
Nathan Melendres: 2/2 (uncut sheets)
JD Arteaga: 2/2 (uncut sheets)
Joe Mercadante: 2/2 (uncut sheets)
Scott Lawson: 2/2 (uncut sheets)
Jim Morris: 2/2 (uncut sheets), 1/1 (UM baseball camp flier)…funny story: told him I saw UM recruit Nick Castellanos last night and Morris said he was awed by the kid’s play and that the kid would probably go pro if he were taken in the first round. Asked him if he had recruited Manny Machado, another local I’ve been graphing who is supposed to go to the Pirates with the No. 2 pick in the 2010 MLB Draft, and he replied, “No, he’s not a good student.” LOL
Harold Martinez: 9/9 (USA Olympic cards), 5/5 (USA Olympic cards)…actually apologized for not doing all of them the first time
Chris Hernandez: 4/6 (USA Olympic cards)…His dad told me the last time I graphed him that Hernandez always leaves two cards unsigned
Yasmani Grandal: 4/4 (8x10s)
Jerad Grundy: I had a custom but I’ll never get it done because, according to a fan, he was homesick and left UM (guess the girls in Illinois are hotter than those in Miami LOL)

Happy Anniversary Jim Abbott!!!

On this day in 1993, Jim Abbott pitched a no-hitter for the New York Yankees.

All major league starting pitchers have the talent to throw a no-hitter.  Yet of all of the guys that I have seen, watched, or read about tossing a ‘No-No’, Jim Abbott’s performance back in 1993 was astonishing to me and remains a bold memory for me 16 years later.

In that game, Abbott was awesome.  In front of 27,000 fans at Yankee Stadium, Abbott’s Yankees team took on the Cleveland Indians.  The Indians roster was stacked with talented hitters like Kenny Lofton, Albert Belle, Manny Ramirez, and Jim Thome.  Having to battle and overcoming these incredilby talented hitters makes Abbott’s no-hitter more remarkable…

While putting in 9 innings of work, Abbott threw 119 pitches.  And while walking 5 batters and striking out just 3 men through the game, it was Abbott’s compettive nature that helped him through the game which led his team to victory and him into baseball’s record books!!!

Congratulations Jim Abbott!!!

The ball I had Abbott sign for me TTM - SWEET!!!

The ball I had Abbott sign for me TTM - SWEET!!!

Mystery Box #1’s Contents Can Now Be Revealed…

Mystery Box #1 has been safely returned to me and I could not be more happy with the contents inside. 

 Check it out!!!

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This is a Official game ball signed by Jim Abbott with an inscription that reads – ‘9/4/93 No Hitter!’ 

Abbott is known as an excellent motivational speaker and when I read that he had a speaking engagement coming up in Iowa I took action and was able to speak with someone who works for the organization that he was speaking to and now I have this incredible souvenir.  It took a little work to get this done, but the outcome is amazing and this ball is now a feature part of my collection!!!

For me, this is a precious piece of baseball memorabilia.  I have always admired Jim Abbott’s dedication to the game and to his personal goals.  How can you not stand up and cheer for a man that has overcome so much in his life and still managed to place himself on the playing field with competitors that were the best in the world??

There are several inspirational people in sports and these guys are very easy to like and to root for.  Magic Johnson, Lance Armstrong, Alonzo Mourning, and the list goes on and on. 

But with Abbott it is different.  He was born with a disability.  He did not acquire his condition years after being successful.  He did not get this way after already making millions of dollars and having an established life.  Jim Abbott was born with only 1 hand, yet he managed to get past any and all struggles he met in his childhood and adult life and he became an Olympian, a College Baseball stand-out, a major league baseball player, and a pitcher to have accomplished the rare feat of throwing a no-hitter!!  This is why I am amazed and in awe of Jim Abbott.  This is why I wanted to add this baseball to my collection.  For this item, it is personal and I will cherish it for quite some time.

Thank you Mr. Abbott!!!

What Ever Happened to Pete Incaviglia???

Pete Incaviglia had the power to become a baseball superstar.  Oftentimes a true power hitter, like Incaviglia, will get a free pass on other valuable offensive stats as long as they keep hitting home runs.

With a career batting average of just .246 over 12 seasons, Incaviglia was still considered to be a guy to keep in the lineup due to his ability to hit home runs.  In his career, he amassed 1,043 hits of which 206(roughly 20%) of them were home runs.  In the same breath, you have to look at his strikeouts as ‘Inky’ tended to be amongst the lead leaders for several seasons of his career.  Pete struck out a total of 1,277 times, with 788 of those K’s coming in the first 5 years of his career.

Never known as a defensive specialist ‘Inky’ soon saw his number of games played each season decrease.  He did however find himself playing in the World Series for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1993, but the Phillies ultimately lost.

Pete is most known for ‘The Pete Incaviglia Rule’.  This rule states that a newly drafted player cannot be traded to another team until they have been under contract with the team that drafted them for 1 full year.  When Incaviglia was drafted by the Montreal Expos in 1986, he refused to accept a spot in the minor leagues which then forced the Expos to trade him to the Texas Rangers.  ‘The Pete Incaviglia’ rule was put in place after this transpired to maintain parity around the league.

Today, ‘Inky’ is a minor league baseball coach and is working toward his goal of helping young baseball players get better.  As a dominant college player during his days at Oklahoma State, Pete is well respected around the college game and still holds the record for most home runs in a season and most home runs in a college career.