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Great and Gretzky belong together

Updated: August 6, 2007, 12:58 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

"If you look at a grandmaster in chess, he can look at a chessboard and he doesn't see 20 individual pieces. He sees a sequence. That's the same thing going on about Gretzky. He's seeing all other players in a kind of general pattern that he recognizes, that he processes instantly," says Malcolm Gladwell of The New Yorker on ESPN Classic's SportsCentury series.

He was just a kid when he gave his first interview.

"The headline says, 'Hull, Richard, Howe and Gretzky,'" ...

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