People: Mar. 21, 1988

He recently became the first U.S. pitcher in 25 years to defeat the Cuban national team on its own turf. Now Jim Abbott, 20, who plays for the University of Michigan, has scored another first. Last week Abbott, who was born without a right hand, received the Sullivan Award as outstanding amateur athlete of the year, the only baseball player ever to be so honored in the prize's 58-year history. "They picked the worst athlete up here," said Abbott as he accepted his trophy. "Baseball players usually don't get that much respect." This one deserves it.


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