Former MLB pitcher Jim Abbott to present motivational speech at benefit for TPHS Baseball Program

The Torrey Pines High School Foundation will present a motivational speech by former Major League Baseball pitcher Jim Abbott titled “Perseverance & Overcoming Adversity.”

The event, which will benefit the TPHS Baseball Program, will be held on Wednesday, March 6, at the TPHS Auditorium.

17Event schedule: 6 p.m., motivational speech; 7 p.m., private reception. Private reception attendees will be provided with a signed copy of Jim Abbott’s book, “Imperfect: An Improbable Life.”

Ticket Options: 1. $25: Speech only; 2. $100: Speech and private reception for one family member; 3. $150: Speech and private reception for two family members.

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Jim Abbott was born Sept. 19, 1967, in Flint, Michigan without a right hand. He was an All-America hurler at Michigan; won the Sullivan Award in 1987; was the pitcher for the Gold Medal Olympic Team in 1988; and threw a 4-0 no-hitter for the New York Yankees versus Cleveland (Sept. 4, 1993). Abbott played for 10 seasons on four different teams and ended his big league playing career in 1999.

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 being a guest pitching instructor during spring training for the Los Angeles Angels, Abbott is a motivational speaker.