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Editor reminisces about hitting off Bob Feller

Updated: December 16, 2010, 2:32 PM ET
By Alex Kimball

I took Bob Feller deep.

Of course, he was 75 at the time.

It was 1994, and Feller -- on one of his annual tours to promote the game -- was pitching to a few members of the local media before a Class A San Jose Giants game. I was a 30-year-old assistant sports editor at the San Jose Mercury News, and had agreed to stand in for columnist Bud Geracie, who was sidelined by shoulder surgery.

I was scared stiff.

After all, this was Bob Feller, "Rapid ...

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