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A baseball love story and a daughter's search for her father's voice

She's the little blonde girl in the pictures, cradled in the strong arms of her father at Wrigley Field.She's not much bigger in another picture, holding a doll in one hand and looking shyly at the camera. Behind her is her father's tombstone, decorated by a bouquet of fresh flowers she and her mother had just placed there.Leigh Ann Young was only 3 when Verlon "Rube" Walker died, his life cut short by leukemia at the age of 42. Her only memories of him come from what her mother told her and the things he left behind.Sometimes she'll hold his Texas League championship ring and slide it on and off her finger. Other times she might take out his engraved silver lighter and open and close it while thinking what might have been."I just feel like it's something he's touched," Young says. "I'll pull them out when I want to be near him."But the father she can't remember didn't leave her the one thing she desperately wants.To know what he sounded like.To hear his voice.__The stats show that Ver...

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