Rod Dedeaux
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"Raoul Martial "Rod" Dedeaux" was an United States/American college baseball coach who compiled what is widely recognized as among the greatest records of any coach in the sport's Amateur baseball in the United States/amateur history.

Dedeaux was the head baseball coach at the University of Southern California (USC) for 45 seasons. During this tenure, Dedeaux's teams won 11 national titles, including an unprecedented five straight titles from 1970–74, and 28 conference championships. He was named Coach of the Year six times by the Collegiate Baseball Coaches Association and was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 1970. He was named "Coach of the Century" by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper/Collegiate Baseball magazine. In 2006, Dedeaux was one of the 10 initial inductees to the College Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Every once in a while, he'd let go some good pitches where he put everything together, and you could see it developing. You'd say, 'Wow!' We always told him, 'If you can do it once, you can do it again.' You could see him coming all the way.

I don't want to stand too close to Tommy, ... Some people say we're look-alikes, which is something neither one of us wants to hear.

He was all arms and legs. One thing we all saw in him and admired was his desire, and it proved out. He broke in well as a freshman, and that's not always easy to do when you're two feet taller than everyone else.