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