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Still plenty of fight left in Cubs GM

Oft-criticized Jim Hendry has helped franchise to three consecutive winning seasons

Updated: March 19, 2010, 1:54 PM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

MESA, Ariz. -- Ernie Banks, Ron Santo and Billy Williams are terrific, but when Cubs general manager Jim Hendry lists his holy trinity of sports icons, it begins and ends with Johnny Unitas, Willie Mays and Muhammad Ali.

The Golden Arm. Say Hey. The Greatest. They were the sun, the moon and the stars when Hendry was a sport-crazed kid growing up in Dunedin, Fla., in the 1960s.

On the wall of his Wrigley Field office, Hendry has a photograph of Ali that he snapped in 1978, shortly after ...

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