Matt Forsythe's Reviews > Imperfect: An Improbable Life
Imperfect: An Improbable Life
by Jim Abbott, Tim Brown
by Jim Abbott, Tim Brown
Matt Forsythe's review
Apr 09, 12
The book "Imperfect: an improbable life" by Jim Abbott is about Jim Abbott was born without a right hand, Jim Abbott as a boy dreamed of being a great athlete. Raised in Flint, Michigan, by parents who saw in his condition not a disability but an extraordinary opportunity, Jim became a two-sport standout in high school, then an ace pitcher for the University of Michigan.Then Jim Abbott was a nineteen-year-old boy, and Jim beat the vaunted Cuban National Team. By twenty-one, he’d won the gold medal game at the 1988 Olympics and—without spending a day in the minor leagues—cracked the starting rotation of the California Angels. In 1991, he would finish third in the voting for the Cy Young Award. Two years later, he would don Yankee pinstripes and deliver a one-of-a-kind no-hitter After a season full of difficult losses—some of them by football scores—Jim was released, cut off from the game he loved. Unable to say good-bye so soon, Jim tried to come back, pushing himself to the limit—and through one of the loneliest experiences an athlete can have. Then after Jim got cut, many people especially kids and adults with disabilities waited for Jim to come out of the Yankees clubhouse doors but he never did. Jim then trained and trained to be better and get another chance with the Yankees and he made those kids and adults his obligations because those kids and adults came out to the game to seek advice and get console with him. He was determined to get that spot on the Yankees until one day, his hard work and training paid off, he was signed to the Yankees once again. The age group for this book is primary reading because many kids that read this biography and have disabilities will read his story and realize that anything is possible in their life because if he can play baseball with one hand, then other people with disabilities can do anything they want as long as they put their mind to it. There are no artistic elements because the book had no pictures or any artistic symbols incept the cover of the book. I would recommend this book because children with disabilities will read this biography about Jim Abbott and find out that anything is possible as long as you put your mind to it and because you keep doing hard work and training until you achieve your dream and live your dream.
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