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For major league ballplayers, signature moments are part of the game

When Hank Conger was a child with dreams of playing professional baseball, he practiced his signature with one thought in mind: the more scribbles, the cooler the player. And he planned on being very good and very cool. So, by the time Conger reached the major leagues, his autograph was indecipherable. That is, until Torii Hunter watched one day as he signed. "Man, what is that?" Conger, the Los Angeles Angels catcher, recalled Hunter saying. "That's how I've always signed my autograph," Conger, then a rookie, replied. "You know," the veteran Hunter admonished, "if some kid picked up this baseball one day, you want to make sure they know who signed this ball. So make sure you sign ...

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