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Of all the post-WWII pitching phenoms who came out of nowhere to become household names in their first or second seasons -- Fidrych, Fernando, Gooden, Nomo -- Vida Blue had the best overall career of any of them. I don't think Vida belongs in the Hall, but he is better than several already enshrined -- for example, Rube Marquard, the Vida Blue of 1912.
And Nomo was quite a bit older, having established himself in NPB.
Fidrych was plenty famous, but he wasn't really all THAT good.
I sincerely hope he adapted well to normal life.
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