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July 17, 2011
Jim Harbaugh once beaned a girl with a fastball

Jim Harbaugh once beaned a little girl square in the back with a fastball. He was only nine years old at the time, but that didn't seem to make a difference to the horrified parents watching from the stands.

"Everybody starts booing," his older brother John tells Andre Kremer during the season debut of HBO's Real Sports. "The parents start booing. 'Get him off the mound! He's a big bully!'"

When Kremer asks Jim whether he really plunked a little girl, he explains - and he seems quite serious - that she was crowding the plate. John quickly agrees. "She was crowding the plate, Andrea. He had to back her up a little bit."

The vignette is a glimpse of the cut-throat competitive style of the Harbaugh brothers, who will face off on Thanksgiving when Jim's 49ers visit John's Ravens. The feature airs Tuesday from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. and will be replayed throughout the week.

Kremer joins the Harbaughs on a family vacation at Gettysburg National Park - it's a brother-vs.-brother theme - and also interviews their father, Jack, who coached football for 45 years. The brothers reveal that they both send their dad their game tapes so that he can give them advice. Jack is more than happy to oblige.

"I'll tell you exactly what time the tape comes," Jack tells Kremer. "The tape comes at 10 o'clock. I'm standing with the door open in the dead of winter waiting for that UPS truck to make the turn and stop at the door. Then it's down to the basement we go to put them in - just for that feeling again to be involved with football."

Jack Harbaugh insists he won't be reviewing either son's film prior to Thanksgiving.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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