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Duquette is finally back in the only job he's ever wanted

Duquette is finally back in the only job he's ever wanted

At 19, faced with the possibility of not being able to play baseball for the summer, Dan Duquette struck out on his own. He created a semipro team to represent his hometown.

Duquette corralled players, drummed up sponsors and even dragged the ballfield. He went door-to-door in the mill town of Dalton, Mass. (pop. 6,500), begging donations for bats, balls and travel costs. He persuaded the owner of the local bar, The Hard Hat, to buy uniforms. And he organized a 30-game schedule for his team, the Collegians, an adventurous slate that encompassed a four-state area.

"We played ball in that summer of 1977, pretty much due to Dan's initiative," said Paul Hermanski, a...

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