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Touching Moments in Baseball History

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While baseball is known as America's pastime, it's not just the athletes that make history on the field. Ballparks have been the scene of many touching, moving moments, both big and small, in our nation's history. Here, six baseball moments that will pull at your heartstrings. Get your tissues now.

Lou Gehrig's Farewell Speech

After learning of Gehrig's terrible illness, the Yankees allowed him to come back for an appreciation day that was, by all accounts, extremely emotional.

Liza Minnelli singing "New York, New York" after 9/11

The best part of this? The chorus line of police officers and firefighters.

7th-Inning Stretch "High Hopes" Tribute to Harry Kalas

After the death of the beloved Phillies announcer, fans joined together to sing his signature song.

Kid Throws Back Dad's Foul Ball

We laugh because we're glad it wasn't our kid.

Batboy Reacts Triumphantly

Teddy Kremer, a 30-year-old honorary batboy for the Cincinnati Reds with Down syndrome, loves it when third baseman Todd Frazier hits a home run.

Neil Diamond singing "Sweet Caroline" after Boston Marathon bombing

After April's Boston Marathon bombing, Diamond flew to the city to sing his song, which the Red Sox have been playing for more than a decade.

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Happy Birthday, Alex Trebek!
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Today, everyone's favorite game show host turns 76 years old. Let's celebrate!

ON SESAME STREET

In 2006, Trebek played “Special of the Day” with Telly.

ON CARD SHARKS

In 1980, the tables were turned, and Trebek found himself the contestant on this episode of Card Sharks. The “tell me about yourself” portion of the program doesn’t go so smoothly, but he’s pretty good at the game itself.

THROWING PEOPLE IN THE POOL

In this sketch for the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, Trebek throws a waiter in a pool. The takeaway is clear: Don’t phrase things in the form of a question when you’re talking to the Jeopardy! host.

TREBEK ON NASA

And how the agency’s work with other companies helps all of us, not just astronauts.

HOSTING WHEEL OF FORTUNE

Happy April Fool's Day 1997! (Pat Sajak hosted Jeopardy that night.)

ALEX, AUTOTUNED

MC TREBEK IN THE HIZZOUSE

That was the actual name of the category.

AND JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT COULDN'T GET ANY WEIRDER...

Behold “Sexiest Potpourri Ever.”

LAST BUT NOT LEAST...

You didn’t think we’d leave without posting one of these, did you?

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Covers of "Me and Bobby McGee"
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On this day in 1970, Janis Joplin died of a heroin overdose at the age of 27. The singer-songwriter was known as "The Queen of Psychedelic Soul." Here, we remember Joplin with covers of her only number-one hit, "Me and Bobby McGee." Joplin's version of the song, originally written by Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster, topped the charts after her death, making the song the second posthumous number-one single in U.S. chart history.

Johnny Cash

Pink

Willie Nelson

Dolly Parton

James Last

Jerry Lee Lewis

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