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On The Fly: That Kid From Middletown - Jeff Bagwell - Is Pretty Good

As we near Jeff Bagwell's Baseball Hall of Fame induction July 30 in Cooperstown we look back to the archives and find him pitching a one-hitter for Xavier High School in Middletown in April of 1985. Then in June 1986 he wraps up his senior year with a .390 batting average, 17 RBI and 12 steals as well as a 6-4 record on the mound with a 2.20 ERA. That season he played every position but catcher. And he was named All-State in soccer that senior year. An early mention of Bagwell, Oct. 12, 1982, was in tiny agate type. He scored a goal in what would have been his freshman season. ... The Yankees gave up outfielder Blake Rutherford, their first-round draft pick in 2016, in...