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LSU’s 1986 College World Series sparked a blazing trail


They call him “Pop.”

You know him as Michael Papajohn, actor and stuntman.

He played Kevin Costner’s nemesis, Sam Tuttle, in the 1999 sports drama “For Love of the Game.” He was the carjacker character in the 2002 version of “Spider-Man,” and he took body blows as Adam Sandler’s stunt double in the 1998 comedy “The Water Boy.”

To members of the 1986 LSU baseball team, he’s known by that three-letter word.

A speedy center fielder on the field and a ringleader of festivities off it, Papajohn’s movie roles pale in comparison to his LSU legacy: He’s the first player in the program’s now-storied history to take the first swing at the College World Series.

It didn’t end well.

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