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VIDA BLUE

In 1971, 21-year-old Vida Blue stood on a mound in Oakland that might as well have been the top of the world. The Athletics pitcher struck out 300 that year, winning him both the American League's Cy Young and Most Valuable Player awards. It was just the beginning of a brilliant, if troubled, career that would span 16 seasons and three world championships. But 1971, remembers Blue, was the high point. "It seems like yesterday," he says. "Before you realize it, in the blink of an eye, you have experienced a career, and you're on the downside of it."

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