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Abbott, James Anthony

Born: 1967 AD
Currently alive, at 53 years of age.
Nationality: American
Categories: Baseball Player

1967 – Born on the 19th of September in Southfield, Michigan.

1976 – He had 12 wins in his first professional season

          – He was fifth in the year’s rookie of the year voting.

1985 – He was drafted in the 36th round by the Toronto Blue Jays in the Major League Baseball Draft but

             didn’t sign.

        – He played for Michigan for three years, leading them to two Big Ten championships

1987 – He won the James E. Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete in the United States.

1988 – The highlight of his amateur career, was when he pitched the final game in the Summer Olympics,

              winning a gold medal for the United States.

        – He was voted the Big Ten male athlete of the year.

1989 – He jumped directly from the University of Michigan into the Angels’ starting rotation without playing

             a single minor league game.

1991 – His best season, when with the California Angels he won 18 games while posting an ERA of 2.89,

               finishing third in the American League Cy Young Award  voting.

1992 – He also pitched well in this season, posting an even better 2.77 ERA, but his win-loss record fell to

              7-15 for the sixth-place Angels.

        – He was also honoured with the Tony Conigliaro Award.

1993 – On the 4th day of September, while pitching for the Yankees, Abbott threw a no-hitter against the

              Cleveland Indians.

1994 – Abbott and the Yankees won the AL East Crown but Major League Baseball went on strike at the end

               of the season, which would carry over into the next season. Abbott would never be in a playoff game.

1996 – He struggled through this season, posting a disastrous 2-18 record with a 7.48 ERA and briefly retired.

1998 – He returned to White Sox and starting five games and winning all five.

        – He retired with a career record of 87-108, with a 4.25 ERA. He then worked as a motivational speaker.

2005 – His first year of eligibility, he received less than 5% of the vote (he received 13 votes; the threshold

               was 26) from the Baseball writers Association of America for induction into the baseball hall of fame.

2007 – He was elected to the College Baseball Hall of Fame for his time in Michigan.