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CEO gives World Series tickets to Pearl Harbor veteran

Everrit “Jim” Schlegel is a rare breed – he’s actually seen the Cubs play in the World Series.

As long-suffering Cubs fans know all too well, the last time the Cubs were in the World Series was 1945. At 97, Schlegel, a Pearl Harbor veteran, may not have many more opportunities to see his beloved Cubs play for the championship. That’s why his granddaughter started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for a pair of World Series tickets.

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Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis heard about Schlegel’s campaign and gifted a pair of tickets to Friday night’s game to the veteran, according to WGN.

Schlegel was touched by the offer and plans on taking his son to the game. He recorded a message of thanks to Lemonis, which was posted on Twitter.

As for the GoFundMe campaign, it has generated over $11,000 in donations. The family will donate all proceeds to the Purple Heart Foundation.

Students make teacher's World Series dream come true

An Ohio teacher is having a World Series dream come true, and it's all thanks to his students.

Richard Gage is a huge fan of the Cleveland Indians, and students realized that he should be at the game when the Indians take the field for the Series, WKBN reported.

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So they set up a GoFundMe account to make sure he could see his team live.

"There are a lot of people like me over the past 25 years who he has had such a huge impression on that putting this out there we could probably get it done pretty swiftly," former student John Miley said.

In less than 72 hours, more than 100 people donated enough money to reach $2,500 goal, WKBN reported.

Many also left notes for their former teacher.

"I would just say to all the people who helped make this possible, thank you so much, you make me realize my life has true meaning," Gage said.

Gage will be at Game 2 Wednesday night.

Fans petition for Bob Uecker to call the World Series

Cleveland fans have already been denied "Wild Thing" making an appearance, so they've now turned to another fictional "Major League" character to improve their World Series mojo.

More than 12,000 fans have signed a petition to replace Fox's Joe Buck with Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Uecker.

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Fans must be expecting Uecker's alter-ego, Harry Doyle - the lovable Indians broadcaster from the 1989 movie in which a laughable Cleveland team beats the odds to make the playoffs.

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Fans must've missed the sequel in which it is revealed the Indians didn't make the World Series, losing to the White Sox in the ALCS.

But that was Hollywood and this is reality.

Charlie Sheen, who portrayed pticher Ricky "Wild Thing" Vaughn in the film, was denied his request to throw a ceremonial first pitch by Major League Baseball. 

Uecker was a catcher with the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves in the 1960s. He has served as the Milwaukee Brewers' announcer for more than four decades. His signature home run call is "Get up! Get up! Get outta here! Gone!" 

The Indians have been to the World Series twice since 1995, losing both times. The Chicago Cubs have reached their first World Series in 71 years. They have not won one since 1908.

Celebrities, athletes react as Cubs clinch first pennant since 1945

The Chicago Cubs on Saturday clinched their first National League pennant in 71 years, beating the Dodgers 5-0 in Game 6 of the NLCS. Next stop: The World Series, where the Cubs will face the Cleveland Indians.

>> Sheen offers to throw out first pitch at World Series

>> Cubs' comeback: Social media reacts to Chicago's dramatic NLDS win

After the historic win, celebrities and athletes took to Twitter to celebrate. 

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Charlie Sheen won’t throw out first pitch at World Series

“Wild Thing” has been relegated to the bullpen for the World Series.

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Actor Charlie Sheen, who played Ricky "Wild Thing" Vaughn in the 1989 movie "Major League," offered to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before one of this year's World Series games. But Major League Baseball said the choices already have been made.

A spokesman told The Associated Press on Friday that MLB has worked with the Indians to identify "former franchise greats" to throw out the first pitch for the games in Cleveland. An announcement is expected early next week.

The Indians host Games 1 and 2 on Tuesday and Wednesday. If necessary, Cleveland will host Games 6 and 7 on Nov. 1-2.

Fans had suggested on social media that Sheen throw out a first pitch and be part of pregame ceremonies. Sheen responded on Twitter, posting a photo of himself as Vaughn in an Indians uniform. He wrote that he would be “honored” to participate.

"Major League" is a fictional account of the Indians finishing in first place with an unconventional group of players including Vaughn, who couldn’t find the strike zone and warmed up to "Wild Thing," a No. 1 hit song in 1966 by The Troggs.

Major-leaguers lend voices to cartoon series show

Just in time for the World Series, Cartoon Network’s “Uncle Grandpa” animated series will sport a Fall Classic theme on Oct. 22.

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The show will air at 12:15 p.m. and will feature Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer, Baltimore Orioles All-Star center fielder Adam Jones, Houston Astros second baseman José Altuve, Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price and New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard.

The major-leaguers will attempt to help Uncle Grandpa train his struggling Little League squad.

Sports figures have appeared in cartoon series before. In 1972, for example, the Harlem Globetrotters helped Scooby-Doo and friends solve another mystery. Heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali had his own series — complete with rhyming poetry. And in 1992, “The Simpsons” episode “Homer at the Bat” included the voices of Ken Griffey Jr., Roger Clemens, Ozzie Smith, Jose Canseco, Ken Griffey Jr., Don Mattingly, Wade Boggs, Darryl Strawberry, Steve Sax and Mike Scioscia.

Uncle Grandpa introduces the players in a “Field of Dreams” kind of setting, with each player emerging from a row of corn.

The show will air three days before Game 1 of the World Series, which will open at the park of the American League champion.

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Cubs' comeback: Social media reacts to Chicago's dramatic NLDS win

The Chicago Cubs launched a stunning ninth-inning rally Tuesday to beat the San Francisco Giants 6-5 and advance to the NLCS.

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Bill Buckner’s glove, cleats heading to auction

Baseball memorabilia collectors will have a chance to own two articles that were key players in the most famous — or infamous — error in World Series history 30 years ago.

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The glove and cleats worn by Bill Buckner on the night he allowed Mookie Wilson’s slow roller to get past him in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series will be sold by Goldin Auctions. Bidding begins October 10 on the MacGregor first baseman’s mitt, a black model autographed by Buckner and inscribed to memorabilia collector Barry Halper. The back of the fingers on the glove are signed "To My Pal Barry, Best Wishes Bill Buckner,” Goldin Auctions posted on its website. 

Halper’s collection was sold to Sotheby’s in 1999, and a consigner bought the glove and cleats for $51,570, ESPN reported.

Buckner was playing first base in the bottom of the 10th inning of Game 6, and the Red Sox held a 3-2 series lead and were ahead 5-3 against the Mets. After getting two quick outs, Boston came unglued and the Mets tied the game when pitcher Bob Stanley threw a wild pitch that Wilson skipped to avoid.

After fouling off a few pitches, Wilson hit a slow grounder to first base that eluded Buckner and rolled into right field. The Mets won 6-5 and would win Game 7 to deny Boston its first World Series championship since 1918. The Red Sox would have to wait 19 years before finally capturing a Series crown.

You can now play golf at Turner Field

Atlanta's Turner Field may no longer be a baseball stadium after Sunday, but it still has life – as a golf course.

Stadiumlinks will turn Turner Field into a nine-hole course that will stretch over 1,000-plus yards of the concourses and field.

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Registration is open for the three-day event that begins Oct. 14. Participants must register as a twosome or foursome, with each round costing $60 per person.

The San Diego Padres partnered with Callaway Golf last year to turn Petco Park into a golf course. This is what that course looked like:

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There will be a cash purse of $1,000 awarded to the top three scores and a $100 cash prize awarded for any hole-in-one.

The Braves closed down Turner Field Sunday with a win over the Detroit Tigers. The celebration included a number of Hall of Fame Braves participating in on-field festivities.

The Braves will move to SunTrust Park in Cobb County for the 2017 season next April.

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