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Mickey Mantle – The Real Natural

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And then? And then when I walked down the street, people would've looked and they would've said there goes Roy Hobbs, the best there ever was in this game.

—Robert Redford, The Natural

Every boy builds a shrine to some baseball hero, and before that shrine, a candle always burns.

—Kennesaw Mountain Landis, first major league baseball commissioner