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From obscurity to history, only one Mo

No one saw his greatness coming; no one will ever see such poise under pressure again

Updated: September 20, 2011, 11:59 AM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

Mark Newman was waiting in a Washington, D.C., airport in 1990, traveling as an instruction coordinator for the New York Yankees when he suddenly heard his name paged on the terminal speakers.

Newman had no idea who was tracking him down, or why. Was it the banned George Steinbrenner? Gene Michael? A scout with a lead on a kid?

Newman picked up the phone, and the young man on the other end cut right to it.

"When do I get my $500?" Mariano Rivera asked.

The 20-year-old ...

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