BRONX, N.Y. — On this date in 1993, Jim Abbott accomplished a remarkable feat. The New York Yankees left-handed starter tossed a no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians at Yankee Stadium.
Not only was it the outing historic but it was also inspirational. Abbott was born without a right hand.
Originally drafted by the California Angels with the eighth overall selection in 1988 out of the University of Michigan, the southpaw finished fifth in American League Rookie of the Year voting in 1989. Abbott finished third in AL Cy Young Award voting in 1991.
After the 1992 season, Yankees general manager Gene “Stick” Michael acquired Abbott from the Halos for J.T. Snow. Russ Springer and Jerry Nielsen.
While his 1993 campaign had its share of ups and downs, Sept. 4, 1993, was his signature moment.
What made the no-hitter even more impressive was the fact that Abbott held down what was about to become perhaps the most dominant lineup of the ’90s. Kenny Lofton, Albert Belle, Manny Ramirez, Jim Thome, Carlos Baerga, and Sandy Alomar Jr. to name a handful.
Perhaps the most tenuous moment was a flyout by Felix Fermin. Bernie Williams was able to track it down to keep the no-hitter intact.
Abbott threw 119 pitches, three strikeouts, seven flyouts, and 15 groundouts, including the final out against Baerga. “And a groundball to short,[Randy] Velarde… he did it, he did it! A no-hitter for Jim Abbott!”
The first Yankee no-hitter since Dave Righetti on July 4, 1983.