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Giants' Peavy, former All-Star Oswalt dealing with alleged fraud incident

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Roy Oswalt is from a family of loggers, folks who have gone into the Mississippi woods and accepted the accompanying awful danger of that work in order to make a living. Houston Oswalt, Roy's grandfather, logged into his late 70s until his son Billy -- Roy's father -- forced him to quit, out of concern for his well-being.

But while his days as a logger were over, Houston Oswalt would never actually retire. He started growing watermelons -- 20 acres of watermelons, as written in this piece from 2006 -- getting help in the field from his grandsons to the end of his life.

Billy Oswalt continued logging after Roy started making millions as a baseball player, taking his work so seriously that when Roy pitched a playoff game in St. Louis, Billy made the long drive to Missouri to watch, then got back on the highway afterward and went home to Weir, Mississippi; he was back in the woods the next morning.

Roy had taught himself those unusual pitching mechanics as a boy, played baseball on land his father had cleared of trees and carried that independence and work ethic into his career. When Astros owner Drayton McLane wanted to reward Oswalt for his success, Oswalt asked for a bulldozer, something he and his family could use.

This is the first thing that came to mind when I heard about Oswalt, Jake Peavy and others losing millions of dollars to a financial adviser who allegedly defrauded them.

There have been plenty of stories about players who throw away money, but this does not appear to be one of them.