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Saving the Best for Last

Updated: July 20, 2006, 2:26 PM ET
By Mike Puma | Special to ESPN.com

"He was a nervous wreck when he took the mound. Just go look in his locker before he went out to pitch - probably 35 cigarette butts. I knew the more nervous he was, the better he was going to pitch," says Mark McGwire on ESPN Classic's SportsCentury series.

Dennis Eckersley considered it a demotion when the Oakland Athletics made him a reliever in 1987. Figuring he had reached the "twilight" of his career, Eckersley quietly accepted his role. He soon became baseball's standard in ...

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