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As it Happened: The Archive Edition - The Lost & Found Episode

It all began when Lefty O'Doul's left arm was stolen. For years, a mannequin of the late baseball great sat in the entrance of the San Francisco bar and restaurant bearing his name, greeting customers. But in 2007, thieves made off with Lefty's left arm.
Thieves take a picture of Lefty O'Doul's left arm in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo courtesy of Lefty's Friends)
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It all began when Lefty O'Doul's left arm was stolen. For years, a mannequin of the late baseball great sat in the entrance of the San Francisco bar and restaurant bearing his name, greeting customers. But in 2007, thieves made off with Lefty's left arm.

But three years later, all was once again right — and left — with the world when a large package arrived at Lefty O'Doul's.

"Darlene, our waitress, had opened a box thinking it was T-shirt. 'There's an arm!' she screamed. And they looked in it and they found a package containing a letter and pictures taken of Lefty's arm at various places in Iowa," says Lee Housekeeper, a Lefty O'Doul's employee.

"It looked like he was having a good time in the pictures," says Housekeeper, who notes that Lefty's arm was apparently stolen by a members of a cycling team called Team Duct Tape.

"The arm has been in a civil war cannon, it was in front of the Iowa State House, it was in a number of parties, he rode on a sled and made friends with Banjo the Bear, Team Duct Tape's mascot."

Once the arm was returned there nothing left to do but forgive. And to secure Lefty's arm in a case in the restaurant.

You can hear the full story of Lefty O'Doul's arm as well as these stories on this episode of As it Happened:

The town of Atwater, Saskatchewan is documented as having a population of zero in the 2011 census.

Pippy the Budgie gets lost, but handily knows exactly how to ask for help.

A daughter finally receives the letter written to her by her father who was killed in World War Two.

A man who lost his thumb in a boating accident finds it 7 months later in the stomach of a fish.

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