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Catching Up With ... Former Baltimore Bullets guard Johnny Egan
Catching Up With ... Former Baltimore Bullets guard Johnny Egan

The giant spark plug in Johnny Egan's attic is nearly as big as he is. A gift from Bullets fans, the 4-foot trophy depicts the spunky guard's role on Baltimore's NBA team one-half century ago. Then, he'd come off the bench, time after time, to ignite the offense or fire up the defense. "To Mr. Spark Plug, Johnny Egan, Baltimore Bullets 1965-66," the plaque reads. "I've kept it all this time," said Egan, 75, of Houston, Texas. "That means a lot." For three seasons he played for the Bullets, a ball-hawking firebrand who averaged nine points a game. Never mind Egan's size (5 feet 11), which made him the league's shortest...

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