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Celebrate Independence 2012

Jim Abbott

Join us Saturday March 3rd, 2012 from 9-2:30 at Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital for our annual Celebrate Independence event, featuring Jim Abbott.  Jim is the one handed Major League Baseball Player who overcame the birth defect of having only one hand to become an amazing professional pitcher and ball player.


Celebrate Independence 2012
Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital
3599 University Blvd., South
Jacksonville, FL 32216

Saturday March 3, 2012
9:00-2:30pm
Thank you to everyone who attended

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About The Key Note Speaker

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Hear from famed one-handed Major League Baseball player Jim Abbott who overcame the birth defect of having only one hand to become an amazing professional pitcher and ball player.

Abbott was born without a right hand. As a youngster, he spent hours bouncing a ball off a wall to practice fielding and throwing. Instead of looking at what he did not have, Abbott's father helped him find ways to win. Abbott was the starting quarterback on his high school football team, which went to the finals of the Michigan State championship. He showed enough promise as a pitcher to be drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays shortly after graduation, but went to the University of Michigan instead on a baseball scholarship. He had a career record of 26 wins and eight losses at the school.

Abbott bypassed the minor leagues and went directly from the University of Michigan to the Angels' starting rotation in the spring of 1989. In 1991, he was one of the best young left handers in the game after winning 18 games for the Angels while posting a 2.89 ERA. He was traded to the Yankees in December 1992, and in the heat of the pennant race tossed a 4-0 no-hitter against Cleveland. Jim will talk of how he overcame adversity; he shows that people can overcome perceived limitations and reach their dreams. We are excited for you to join us and hear Jim's amazing story.