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My Little League glory (?) days

The death of his old coach takes our bonus baby back to his lost youth

Originally Published: August 16, 2012
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

My hometown newspaper recently ran the obituary for my old Little League coach. When he died, a little bit more of my childhood passed away with him.

I will refer to my old coach as Buttermaker, the Walter Matthau character of that name in "The Bad News Bears." That movie came out soon after I played for him and Matthau reminded me a bit of him. He never offered us beer in the dugout but I liked him a lot, anyway. He was a good manager. He was fun, and he loved baseball.

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