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The Last Real Race

Originally Published: September 26, 2007
By By Robert Weintraub | Special to ESPN.com

Johnnie B. Baker wanted the job. He knew the team, knew the players, better than the last manager, even. He was the hitting coach, caretaker of the most important possession a player has -- his swing. The guys had struggled the year before, burdened by constant rumors the franchise would move. But there was plenty of talent there, and now there was a very intriguing bonus -- the best player in baseball was about to join the team.

So, when team president Al Rosen told him "it would be ...

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