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Toronto Blue Jays' Munenori Kawasaki rolls on his back after being hit by a pitch from New York Yankees starting pitcher Ivan Nova during the third inning at Yankee Stadium in New York, Friday. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Sitting in chairs on the gym floor where Akron’s best basketball player learned the game, they came to honor the memory of Akron’s second-best basketball player — and one of its all-time nicest people.