Sport: Baseball's $20 Million Man

An athlete for all seasons signs the deal of a decade

The scouts came to the University of Minnesota in 1973 with high hopes and open wallets. The man from the Minnesota Vikings had his eye on a prospect for tight end, a graduating senior big enough (6 ft. 6 in., 220 lbs.) and fast enough to make it in the N.F.L. despite the fact that he had not played football since high school. The scout from the Atlanta Hawks sought to sign up a power forward who had averaged 15.3 points and 7.4 rebounds...

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