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AP Photo/Haraz Ghanbari | published: August 11, 2009

Phil Eckenrode, of Mineral Ridge, Ohio, throws out the first pitch prior to the Mahoning Valley Scrappers game against the Jamestown Jammers, Wednesday, Aug.14, 2002, in Niles, Ohio. Eckenrode was dressed up as James Traficant. The Single-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians made August 14 ``Jim Traficant Night,'' and hairpiece wearers and sons of truck drivers got in free. The former Ohio congressman, serving an eight-year prison sentence for bribery and racketeering, often calls himself ``the son of a truck driver.''



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