Famed pitcher stars at fundraiser

COAST CITIES — In support of the Torrey Pines High School Baseball program, the Torrey Pines High School Foundation will host a motivational speech by former major-league baseball pitcher Jim Abbott at 6 p.m. March 6 at the TPHS Auditorium, 3710 Del Mar Heights Road, Carmel Valley.Abbott’s focus will be “Perseverance and Overcoming Adversity.” Tickets are available now at brownpapertickets.com/event/322313. Ticket options include $25 for the speech only, $100 for the speech and access for one to a private reception or $150 for the speech and access for two to the private reception.

At the reception, attendees will be provided with a signed copy of Abbott’s book, “Imperfect: An Improbable Life.”

Abbott was born Sept. 19, 1967, in Flint, Michigan without a right hand. He was an All-America hurler at Michigan; won the Sullivan Award in 1987; was the pitcher for the Gold Medal Olympic Team in 1988; and threw a 4-0 no-hitter for the New York Yankees versus Cleveland. Abbott played for 10 seasons on four different teams and ended his big league playing career in 1999.

Abbott has worked with The Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy on several initiatives encouraging businesses to hire people with disabilities. Today, he is often a guest pitching instructor during spring training for the Los Angeles Angels. For further information, contact Jeb Spencer at gofalconbaseball@gmail.com.

 

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