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When Mariano Rivera retired last year, he was widely praised as the greatest relief pitcher in history. But as this young reader's edition of a B&N bestseller demonstrates convincingly, that distinction just scratches the story of his fascinating life. When Mariano Rivera was growing up in Panama City, Panama, he wasn't fantasizing about being a fifteen-time All-Star or a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame. If he played baseball at all, it was on a local beach at low tide, where he and his friends used tree branches as bats. How he developed into the exemplary athlete and man he became is the subject of this inspiring and instructive book. Editor's recommendation.