ADAPT: Overcoming Adversity

No obstacle is too big for Major League Baseball pitcher, Olympic gold medalist and Michigan native Jim Abbott. Born without a right hand, Abbott played on the Michigan University baseball team, making all-American, winning the Sullivan award, and even going on to win a gold medal as the pitcher with the U.S. Olympic team in 1988. In a decade in the major leagues, Abbott played for the California Angels, Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees with great success. One of his career highlights happened with the Yankees on September 4, 1993, when Abbott pitched a no-hitter against the Indians, winning 4-0. He ended his MLB career in 1999 with the Brewers.

Since retiring as an active player, Abbott has worked with The Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) on several initiatives encouraging businesses to hire people with disabilities. Today, in addition to often serving as a guest pitching instructor during spring training for the Los Angeles Angels, Abbott is a motivational speaker.

See Jim in person and learn how his “ADAPT” philosophy can help you move toward your professional goals and prepare for any industry changeup.

Jim Abbott


Retired pitcher and Olympic gold medalist Jim Abbott is a motivational speaker, delivering his message of overcoming adversity to audiences across the country. Born without a right hand, Abbott pitched in the major leagues for 10 years, retiring in 1999 with the Milwaukee Brewers. In addition to motivational speaking, Abbott serves as a guest pitching instructor with the Angels and has worked with the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy. 

10/06/2021 at 12:30 PM (CDT)   |  80 minutes
10/06/2021 at 12:30 PM (CDT)   |  80 minutes