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Champions, connections and cancer

The loss of a former teammate spurs thoughts of the way baseball connects us

Originally Published: August 13, 2014
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

SEATTLE -- Baseball connects our lives as surely as those 108 red seams stitching together the Rawlings leather.

I thought about this last Sunday as I biked in the 100-mile Obliteride, the annual Seattle bike ride to raise money for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center here. The center is named after Fred Hutchinson, a former major league pitcher and manager from Seattle. He made his debut in the same 1939 game that Lou Gehrig's playing streak ended, and gave up eight runs ...

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