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Maddux issues one last heartfelt pitch

Originally Published: December 8, 2008
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

LAS VEGAS -- When Greg Maddux's contribution to baseball is assessed in its entirety, one prominent mistruth will endure: Lots of people will remember him as a squinty, undersized righty who relied on guile and his innate baseball IQ because his fastball was too meager to make a dent in a radar gun.

The part about smarts and game awareness is true. But as a teenager in Las Vegas in the mid-1980s, Maddux threw hard. It wasn't uncommon for him to hump it up at 92 or 93 miles an hour.

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