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A Father’s Love

June 21, 2009

I found this deeply touching story in Buster Olney‘s profile of New York Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain in the 12/17/07 issue of ESPN The Magazine. If any one act could perfectly convey the love and devotion of a parent, this would be it.

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Joba Chamberlain and his father, Harlan

Credit for that humility goes to his father, Harlan, a man who has suffered the crippling effects of polio since childhood and who raised Joba on his own after he and the boy’s mother divorced. Quick story: Joba had left-knee surgery as a sophomore at Nebraska, and he spent his first hours of recovery sprawled out on the couch at their Omaha home. At 5:30 in the morning, Harlan hobbled into (more…)