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A baseball story
Story by ANNE HULL
Photographs by JOHN PENDYGRAFT and
JONATHAN NEWTON
of the Times staff
PART ONE
Greener than grass

He was just 18. The Devil Rays gave him $4-million and said "Go play." And in that first season, from the hills of Appalachia to the suburbs of New York, Josh Hamilton -- .high school hero turned bonus baby -- learned the truth about games and business. (October 24, 1999)
PART TWO
The roughnecks of summer

The "roughnecks" wear down. Playing day after day begins to take a toll on the body and spirit of Josh Hamilton and the Princeton Devil Rays. (October 25, 1999)
PART THREE
Ring the bell

It isn't the big leagues, but it's big enough. Josh Hamilton faces his first struggles amid a New York-Penn League pennant race.
(October 26, 1999)
CONTINUING COVERAGE
Hammer time?

By MARC TOPKIN
Is Josh “the Hammer” Hamilton, at age 19, ready for the majors? He will spend the spring trying to make his mark with the Rays. (Feb. 25, 2001)

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