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Altobellis return to Omaha

Altobellis return to Omaha

John Altobelli took his son J.J. to the College World Series in 2008. It was part pilgrimage, part junior high school graduation gift and, if things went well, part precursor to a college baseball future that just might have included a return visit in which J.J. would perform in what had become known as the “Greatest Show on Dirt.”

After four standout seasons at Woodbridge High, the younger Altobelli ventured to the University of Oregon, where former Cal State Fullerton coach George Horton was constructing a program he hoped would lead to Omaha, as he had six times with the Titans, including the 2004 title.

The first of four seasons as a Ducks’ starter ended in an NCAA...

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