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Van Dusen feels Greenberg's pain

Updated: March 16, 2007, 11:45 AM ET
By William Weinbaum | Special to ESPN.com

It's dubious history, but history nonetheless.

Before Adam Greenberg, only one major league player had been hit by a pitch without having another at-bat or spending any time in the field.

In September 1955, Fred Van Dusen, then 18, had been riding the bench for weeks after the Phillies signed the Jackson Heights, N.Y., native out of high school.

As Van Dusen tells it, Philadelphia didn't want to use a green rookie and jeopardize a shot at the small bonus ...

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