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A letterman: Half-century later, Schuerholz gets Hall call

John Schuerholz was perfectly happy at his job, teaching world geography and English to eighth graders in suburban Baltimore.

Even so, one day he decided to mail it in.

A letter, that is. A note the one-time Towson University second baseman wrote to the owner of the hometown Orioles, saying he really wanted to work in baseball, that he might be able to do some good.

A half-century after he dropped that note with the post office, the game delivered its biggest prize: Schuerholz was elected to the Hall of Fame.

"And it all started with that letter in that free period at North Point Junior High in Dundalk," he reminisced Sunday.

Schuerholz was the...