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Family roots set strong foundation for Hall of Famer Rodriguez

Originally Published: October 7, 2008
By George J. Tanber | Special to ESPN.com

Four years ago, Chi Chi Rodriguez thought he was going to die.

Not from any malady, but from boredom.

After a 44-year run, his golf career tanked, as it usually does for 68-year-old pros. In his last year on the Champions Tour in 2004, his stroke average reached 79 and he made $4,000. The man in the Panama hat known for his matador routine after every birdie, during which he would wield his putter as a sword, could no longer give his many fans reason to cheer.

In typical ...

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