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Former hurler has instinctive feel for the game

Originally Published: January 23, 2007
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

Harry Ralston "Bud" Black won 121 major league games on the strength of what most people considered an average fastball and changeup. His success was largely a tribute to his ability to outthink hitters and outcompete them.

If Black had enough free time to indulge his passion for golf, friends say he has the potential to be a scratch player. That's a tribute to his hand-eye coordination, course management skills and the same competitive instincts that he displayed as a pitcher.

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