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Elephant Rumblings: A’s fall flat in opener vs Angels

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  • 2001 — After 20 seasons in San Diego, Padre outfielder Tony Gwynn announces he’ll retire at the end of the season. The future Hall of Famer has the highest lifetime batting average (.338) among all active players.
  • 2017 — Walking on the Roberto Clemente Bridge near PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA, umpire John Tumpane sees a woman climb over the railing. Realizing she is suicidal and about to jump into the Allegheny River below, Tumpane reaches and grabs her, and then gets assistance from other passers-by to prevent her from making the fatal leap until emergency workers can arrive on the scene.

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