Flashback: Yankees lefty Abbott throws no-hitter vs. Indians

Jim Abbott was an inspiration to many, especially on this historic day.

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Jim Abbott broke a lot of barriers during his amazing major-league career, but perhaps one accomplishment ranks above all of the others.

On Sept. 4 in 1993, the New York Yankees left-hander tossed a no-hitter against a loaded Cleveland Indians lineup that included Jim Thome, Kenny Lofton, Carlos Baerga, Albert Belle and Manny Ramirez.

Abbott, who was born without a right hand, had a potential no-hitter broken up in the eighth inning just a season before. But there was no stopping him this time. Abbott finished with three strikeouts, five walks and 119 pitches –€“ and one huge smile.

During his 10-season major-league career, Abbott went 87-108 with a 4.25 ERA and 888 strikeouts in 263 games (254 starts). He finished third in the AL Cy Young award voting in 1991 when he was 18-11 with a 2.89 ERA for the then-California Angels.