On April 8, 1989,  One-handed pitcher Jim Abbott makes his major league debut for the California Angels.

Born without a right hand, Abbott bypassed the minors completely after starring at the University of Michigan, heading directly to the Angels’ starting rotation. He lasts only four and two-thirds innings in a 7 – 0 loss to the Seattle Mariners, but will finish his rookie season with 12 wins and a 3.92 ERA, the most major league wins in a first pro season since St. Louis Browns pitcher Ernie Wingard won 13 in his first professional season, in 1925.

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