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Chunky Fan Dale Blasingame, 49, a moderately successful grape broker, glanced around the stands at Fresno, Calif.'s Roosevelt High one day last spring and grinned happily. Scattered among the gum-chewing, chattering teenagers were 30 older but equally familiar figures. To Dale Blasingame, those men meant money in the bank. Every one was a major league scout, and every one was sizing up Dale's 6-ft. 2-in., 185-lb., 17year-old son Wade. "I'm in the business of analyzing values," says Blasingame, "and I had a good idea of what the market was on a lefthanded pitcher like my boy."

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