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Tim Tebow pursuing professional baseball career, report says

Nearly a year after Tim Tebow last appeared on an NFL roster, the former quarterback is "actively pursuing a career in professional baseball," his agents told ESPN.

Jimmy Sexton and Nick Khan told the sports station that Tebow has been training in Arizona and Los Angeles for the last year and plans to hold a workout for Major League Baseball teams later this month.

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"Tim's athletic ability, his work ethic, his leadership and his competitiveness were evident in football and will show in baseball," Sexton told ESPN. "Knowing Tim's passion and desire, we won't be surprised by anything he accomplishes."

Although the report might sound like it's coming out of left field, Tebow actually came close to becoming a professional baseball player before he joined the NFL.

"We wanted to draft him but he never sent back his information card," Red Sox Florida area scout Tom Kotchman, who previously worked with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, told WEEI in 2013. "Either it never got to him or it's Tim Tebow. Who knows if it got to him, and if it did we just never got it back. Otherwise (the Angels) were going to take him."

Tebow played baseball while attending Nease High School in Ponte Vedra, Florida. He didn't play his senior year, but as a junior he hit .494, according to an NFL.com report. He earned all-state honors that year and led the team to the final four of the Florida state playoffs.

"I believe he could have played in the big leagues," Nease coach Greg "Boo" Mullins said, according to the report. Tebow went for football over baseball because "he just had a bigger fire" for the sport, Mullins said.

All 30 teams in Major League Baseball will be invited to his workout at the end of the month, according to ESPN.

Child who had double hand transplant throws out MLB first pitch

A little boy from Maryland had a dream come true. 

He got to throw out the first pitch at a Major League Baseball game. 

Zion Harvey, 9, lost both hands to a severe infection when he was a baby. A 40-member surgical team last summer helped Zion become the first child in the world to have a double hand transplant, WJZ reported.

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The surgical team at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia connected bone, blood vessels, nerves, muscles, tendons and skin during the 10-hour procedure. Since the surgery, Zion has been undergoing therapy to regain hand function.

"Never give up on your dreams," Zion told WJZ last year. "It will come true."

Zion has shown so much progress that he was able to throw out the first pitch Tuesday at a Baltimore Orioles game, WJZ reported. Adam Jones caught the pitch on a small bounce as The Oriole Bird, mascot of the Orioles, cheered Zion on.

The trio posed for photos before the start of the game.

The Orioles went on to beat the Texas Rangers 5-1.

Babe Ruth's daughter throws out 1st pitch at Red Sox game

Babe Ruth's daughter threw out the first pitch before the Red Sox game on Saturday.Next weekend, Julia Ruth Stevens will turn 100 years old.

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Stevens says it's great that people still celebrate her father's place in baseball history.

She still lives in New England and is a resident of Conway, New Hampshire.

George Herman "Babe" Ruth was born in Baltimore in 1895 and played for the Red Sox from 1914 to December, 1919 when he was sold to the New York Yankees. He played for the Yankees from 1920 until 1934. His last major league appearance was for the Boston Braves in May 30, 1935. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in its freshman class of 1936 when he received more than 95 percent of votes. He holds seven World Series championships. 

Watch: Boy's epic staredown at NCAA College World Series game

An NCAA College World Series game Saturday night between the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers and the Texas Christian University Frogs was a normal game.

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The players worked for a win, fans cheered and booed at appropriate times and the cameramen panned their equipment around, capturing footage to be broadcast on television.

But then one ESPN camera landed on a very interesting subject -- a boy who immediately engaged in a staring contest, looking directly into the camera lens.

The boy's staring contest arguably became more intense and competitive than the baseball game he was attending.

ICYMI: There was an EPIC stare down last night at the CWS!Posted by NCAA Baseball on Sunday, June 26, 2016

He locked eyes with the camera and continued staring at it for nearly 30 seconds. At one point, the boy turned to look at his mother -- who was completely unaware of what was going on -- but then resumed his dedicated staredown with the camera. 

He even wiggled his eyebrows and shoulders to assert his confidence.

Coastal Carolina went on to win the championship. But the real winner is this kid.

Hank Aaron appears at Turner Field, ignites Twitter

Baseball legend Henry Aaron thrilled the crowd at Turner Field Friday night when he walked onto the field in a Braves uniform again and took part in the ceremony removing the number from the outfield wall that signified the number of games left to be played at the ballpark.

Aaron pulled down the number 44, his uniform number, as the countdown reached 43 home games before the Braves move to their new ballpark in Cobb County next season.

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Aaron got a standing ovation from fans and players, and his appearance brought many enthusiastic tweets too:

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Holocaust survivor fulfills wish, sings national anthem at baseball game

Hermina Hirsch is a Holocaust survivor and a Detroit Tigers fan.

At a spry 89, Hirsch had a wish she had long hoped to fulfill, which was to sing the national anthem at a Detroit Tigers game.

Hirsch, a Czechoslovakia native, says she has loved singing the national anthem for years. After their family was split up by the Nazis when she was 17, Hirsch and an older sister were liberated from a concentration camp in 1945, according to The Associated Press.

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On Saturday, Hirsch was able to cross that item off her bucket list. She sang the anthem Saturday at Comerica Park, before the Tigers took on the Tampa Bay Rays.

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The Tigers beat the Rays 5-4.

But it was Hirsch who stole the show. The video of her singing has generated almost 1 million page views on the Detroit Tigers Facebook page.

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