Ex-player travels 7 hours to coach

Originally Published: June 30, 2010
By Matt Lindner | Special to Page 2

JOLIET, Ill. -- Former Tigers pitcher Willie Blair knows there is a price to pay for chasing his dream.

After dabbling in the storage business and coaching the junior-varsity baseball team at Lexington Christian (Ky.) high school, Blair was offered a chance to get back into pro baseball as a pitching coach with the independent Northern League's Joliet Jackhammers. The offer meant giving up his JV team and moving six-and-a-half hours from his family.

But he did it.

"I ...

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