by John Van Cleve
Age 58. Pittsburgh, PA
Jim Abott was a terrific pitcher for the NY Yankees and other teams. He even threw a no hitter for the Yanks in 1983. What makes him really remarkable is that he only had one arm. I read an article about him many years ago and his parents raised him to believe his disability didn’t need to stop him if he had the talent and worked hard enough. I have found it pretty darn challenging to raise my kids to have courage and self confidence. I can’t imagine doing that with a disabled child. Those parents are my heroes.