Great Baseball Moments- Jim Abbott’s No-Hitter. There have been 256 no-hitters pitched in modern baseball history [1901- ] I have been lucky enough to have seen two of them both pitched by Pittsburgh Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium. John Candelaria’s no hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1996 and then a combined 10 inning no -hitter by Francisco Cordova and Ricardo Rincon. It is the dream of every pitcher to pitch a no-hitter. Nolan Ryan had an incredible seven no-hitters in his career. He was a freak. One of the most inspiring stories in recent baseball history has to be Jim Abbott’s no -hitter. Jim Abbott was born without a right hand. He defied the odds by becoming a successful Major League pitcher. He pitched in the big leagues from 1989-99. Most of his success came early on with the California Angels. His best season was 1991 with the Angels when he won 18 and lost 11. Abbott had been traded to the New York Yankees prior to the 1993 season. His 1993 season was so-so at best his record was 11-14 with a 4.37 ERA- but all of that is forgotten now- on September 4, 1993 in a game at Yankee Stadium- Abbott pitched himself into history- no hitting the Cleveland Indians. Here is the last out- and the celebration following. Abbott’s baseball career was an inspiration to many.