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Relievers owe a debt to Holtzman's baseball vision

Updated: July 25, 2008, 6:56 PM ET
By Gene Wojciechowski | ESPN.com

I don't know if Jerome Holtzman was larger than life, but I do know life is smaller without him.

He died last Saturday after an extra-inning illness, was buried this past Tuesday, and will be remembered by friends, colleagues, readers and fans Monday, Aug. 4 at the only place that makes sense.

A baseball field.

Holtzman, 81, was a cigar-chomping, suspenders-wearing Chicago baseball writer. He didn't aspire to more because that was more. A ballgame. Deadline. A story to ...

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