The state of Michigan created the Hidden Talents Initiative to strengthen their workforce and encourage those with disabilities. On Monday, they hosted an event for the program with Michigan sports hero Jim Abbott.
Abbott joined Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley and Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein. He talked about finding a way to play the game he loved growing up.
Abbott also reminded employers how much those with disabilities are capable of. There were several workshops throughout the day that hammered home that point as well.
Abbott is best known for pitching in the big leagues for 11 seasons despite being born without a right arm. He first rose to fame at the University of Michigan, where he was the 1987 Golden Spikes Award winner.
In 1988, Abbott won a gold medal with Team USA and was selected in the first round of the MLB Draft by the California Angels. He had the best year of his career with the Angels in 1991, going 18-11 with a 2.89 ERA.
During his first year with the New York Yankees in 1993, Abbott threw a memorable no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians. He pitched for several other teams before retiring in 1999.
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