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Bill Shaikin

Bill Shaikin, a California Sportswriter of the Year honoree, covers baseball and sports business for the Los Angeles Times.
Sands of time: From the farm to the city

Smithfield, N.C., is proud of its annual Ham and Yam Festival, the Ava Gardner Museum and Barry Foote, who hit .230 in the major leagues in 10 seasons. Now that Jerry Sands has been called up to the Dodgers, there's a new hometown hero.

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