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April means baseball and all month Conversations with Joan is bringing you inspiring stories from standouts in the sport. Leading off is one-handed baseball great, Jim Abbott, who inspires us to overcome limitations and reach for the stars!

We all have limitations - it’s what you do with them that matters! Jim Abbott was born without a right hand but that did not stop him from fulfilling his dream of becoming a major league baseball pitcher! Jim 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. Jim played for 10 seasons and ended his big league playing career in 1999. Jim has worked with The Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy on several initiatives encouraging businesses to hire people with disabilities. He is the author of the book, Imperfect: An Improbable Life.

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