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Through the Years

Hamilton family photos

1982
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Joshua Holt Hamilton, age 1, dressed by his mother in a baseball suit and a Yankee helmet for his firstportrait. (The St.Louis Cardinals took the World Series
that year.)

1988

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From the second grade, Josh’s dream was in place. “I would be a baseball star,” Josh, 7, wrote. His teacher was encouraging. “You might be a famous player one day!”

1989

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By the age of 8, Josh was beginning his extensive trophy collection. Here, he poses with his All-Star coaches in Raleigh, N.C.

1993 - 1995
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A man for all seasons: Josh, 12, in his basketball uniform in seventh grade . . .
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wearing his football pads that same year . . .
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and holding the baton for track in the eighth grade.
He also played competitive soccer. In the ninth grade, he quit all other sports to focus on baseball.

1999
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In his senior year at Athens Drive High High School in Raleigh, N.C., Josh,17, pitched andplayed centerfield.

1999
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Baseball card dealers besieged the Princeton Devil Rays office with bids to buy large quantities of Josh’s rookie card. One man tried to buy 300 copies. (He was turned down.)
[Photo: Grandstand ]

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The back of Josh’s rookie card.
[Grandstand]

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