The Story of Mariano Rivera

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  • Show and Improve
  • Major League Debut
  • Relentless Spirit
  • What a Relief
  • An All-Star Is Born
  • Topping the Charts
  • Overcoming Injury
  • World Series Performance
  • Road to Retirement
  • 42 Is Put to Rest
  • Life After Baseball
  • Mariano Rivera, a Baseball Legend
  • From Fisherman to Baseball Star
  • From Local to Major League
  • From Panama to New York

Relentless Spirit

Rivera was dedicated to improving his career. His fastball, which clocked in at 90 mph while he was in the minor leagues, rapidly improved to 95 mph. He returned to the Yankees on July 4, 1995, in Chicago, helping the Yankees defeat the White Sox with a 4-1 win.

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