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When the Red Hots ruled -- and Dad did, too

Updated: June 18, 2012, 4:08 PM ET
By Laura Gentile | espnW

"You are the best ballplayer I've ever seen."

That's a statement usually reserved for someone such as Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle or Dot Richardson. Unless, of course, it comes from a dad -- a loving and overly exuberant dad who has just seen his daughter hit a home run in the state championship game during her senior year of high school.

That was my dad, Cesare M. Gentile. He was unabashed in his love for me and was supportive of my athletic endeavors from T-ball to college. ...

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