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Bob Panara and Greg Livadas

When Bob Panara was 10 years old, he became deaf. He tells his friend Greg Livadas about his father arranging for him to meet his childhood hero—Babe Ruth—in the hope that the shock would help his hearing return, and what Brooks Robinson later did to become his idol.

Originally aired July 31, 2009, on NPR’s Morning Edition.