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Peter Schmuck's Fascinating Five from 2013

It's going to be hard to say goodbye to 2013. It was, by any account, one of the most intriguing, exciting and confounding 12 months in recent Baltimore sports history. The year began with the Ravens' amazing march through the NFL playoffs and featured a second straight winning season for the Orioles, then came full circle with the Ravens' struggle to stay alive in the playoff race this December. In just 12 months, we saw our young quarterback turn into a $120 million superstar and our brand-new third baseman receive the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award as the American League's top defensive player. We saw baseball's version of Paul Bunyan launch baseballs into the stratosphere until he had broken the Orioles record for home runs in a season. We read stories of human interest and witnessed amazing examples of human triumph. Now it's time to take a look back and present -- in no particular order -- our five most fascinating Baltimore sports personalities of 2013. -- Peter Schmuck, The Baltimore Sun
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