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The (dis)passion of John Henry

One man's Dickensian approach to building a sports empire

Updated: September 26, 2011, 4:09 PM ET
By Steve Wulf | ESPN The Magazine

This story appears in the Oct. 3, 2011, issue of ESPN The Magazine.

"Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence. There's no better rule." -- Mr. Jaggers, Pip's guardian in Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.

WHERE'S DICKENS when you really need him?

For the record, he passed away 141 years ago, 11 years after he wrote Great Expectations, three years after a triumphal swing through Boston and two years before the Red Stockings ...

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