Baseball: The Man Nobody Wanted

The rightfielder of the Minnesota Twins is a hoax. He calls himself Tony, but his name is Pedro. He has claimed to be 27, but he is really 22. He swings a bat as though he were waving goodbye to his grandmother. And he is probably the only ballplayer in the major leagues who got turned down twice by the minors. But none of that is likely to keep Tony—or Pedro—Oliva from becoming Rookie of the Year and, just possibly, the only player in history to win the American League batting championship in his first big-league season.

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