Just before the American League decided to foist the designated hitter on baseball, Bethel Park hardware store owner Ed Evey decided to hire an industrious youngster named Andy Amrhein.

“I started the month of my birthday, when I was 13, and it’s only because I badgered Mr. Evey for five years and he finally gave in,” Amrhein recalled. “First day on the job, I cleaned the toilet. I cleaned the warehouse floor, and I dusted shelves.

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