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BACK ON THE MOUND, AND EN THE GROOVE
Craig Neff
April 21, 1986
His Kansas City teammates swarmed around him. The crowd of 24,332 in Royals Stadium rose to its feet. Dennis Leonard had just pitched a 1-0 three-hitter that was more than a mere shutout. It was the first sentence of an improbable and heartwarming comeback story, and when Leonard struck out Rance Mulliniks for the third out of the ninth, there were lumps in throats and tears in eyes, and a great big smile on Leonard's mustachioed face. "This was probably my biggest thrill in baseball," Leonard would say later. "I couldn't have written a better script."
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April 21, 1986

Back On The Mound, And En The Groove

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But it was early yet, and Leonard spoke for all of them when he said, "I've come a long way, but this is just one start. I'll tell you after the year is over whether I'm back."

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