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Paul Pettit's legend extends beyond 70th anniversary of 27-strikeout game

LOS ANGELES - The letters arrive every now and then, and they always bring joy.

Nearly 70 years after he stepped into a unique place in baseball history, Paul Pettit remains adored. His newlywed wife, Sally, gets a kick out of it, too.

"He still gets fan mail," she said with a touch of giddiness.

Pettit recently checked off a new box when he retrieved his mail.

"My crowning achievement, I got one from Japan," Pettit said. "I saved it. I even framed it and put it up in my garage."

Those tasks aren't easy for Pettit these days. He is 87 and he doesn't move well. He has an arthritic condition in his spine that crowds the nerves to his arms and legs. But he's still as sharp as the fastballs that made him the first

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