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After 19 Seasons, My Last At Bat
Steve Rushin
February 26, 2007
ERNIE BANKS made the big leagues at 22, played 19 seasons for one team, hung up his spikes at 40 and said, "I've never worked a day in my life." Which is precisely how I feel now, at 40, writing my final column after 19 years at SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, the only name that has ever appeared on the back of my baseball card.
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February 26, 2007

After 19 Seasons, My Last At Bat

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It's a myth that goldfish will grow only as big, or as small, as the tank that houses them. But it can be true of writers. After spending most of the last 10 years in this 800-word box, I don't want to find myself straining against its sides, like a mime. Nobody likes a mime.

So I'm hanging up the black mock turtleneck. I've always promised to stop holding down this job long before the job starts holding down me. Then again, I'm from Minnesota, and Minnesotans never really go away. Like our state vehicle, the Zamboni, we resurface periodically.

For now, I can look back on 19 seasons, as Ernie Banks did, and say, in all sincerity, they never felt like labor. The columns I've written do not constitute a body of work. They're a body of play.

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