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As a freshman at Cretin-Derham High School, St. Paul, Minn., MLB umpire Mark Wegner tried out for the baseball team as a right-handed pitcher and was cut. He was so determined to make the team the following spring that he spent the summer, fall and winter learning on his own to throw left-handed. When legendary coach Dennis Denning heard that, he figured anyone with that sort of drive deserved a spot on the roster. In his senior season, Wegner became not only the school’s starting right fielder but also the co-captain with star Chris Weinke, who won college football’s Heisman Trophy in 2000.

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