Advance praise for "Imperfect"
"Jim Abbott is the embodiment of perseverance. The obstacles that he was able to overcome to play the game at the highest level are remarkable and his story can teach all of us valuable lessons. Jim was a fierce competitor. He never viewed his disability as a disadvantage and, as a result, it wasn't. "Imperfect" is a terrific story and the best part is that it's true." --Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr.
"As I read "Imperfect: An Improbable Life, " Jim Abbott's love for the game jumped off the pages. It was like Jim was right in front of me telling me his life's journey. I felt his pain, hurt, joy, exhilaration, disappointment and accomplishments throughout his life. Jim has always been and continues to be an inspiration for all of us."--Don Mattingly, former New York Yankee captain and current Los Angeles Dodgers manager
"The story of Jim Abbott--wonderfully crafted by Tim Brown--is everything you'd expect from a baseball life: funny, heartbreaking, and triumphant, though not necessarily in that order. Still, to label this fine book 'an inspiration' almost misses the larger point. "Imperfect" isn't about learning to cope with a disability. It's about becoming a man in America."--Mark Kriegel, author of "Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich "and" Namath: A Biography"
"Jim Abbott was 20-22 as a pitcher for the Yankees, and yet, as a man who played the game with one hand, an argument should be made that he belongs among the greatest players of all time. In "Imperfect: An Improbable Life, " Abbott and one of America's leading sports journalists, Tim Brown, tell the amazing story of a man's dignity and grace in overcoming a forbidding physical hurdle to pitch 10 big-league seasons and to throw a no-hitter. Abbott won every day he took the mound. This book is required inspirational reading for all fans of the human spirit."--Ian O'Connor, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeshow more