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Adorable 103-Year-Old Woman Tosses Out First Pitch For Texas Rangers

8/27/2015 11:31 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Lucille Fleming doesn't have a cannon for an arm ... but she does have the guts to stand in front of thousands of people and throw out the first pitch for the Texas Rangers.

After recovering from a serious hospital visit -- in which she died for 3 minutes -- the 103-year-old fan got the opportunity of a lifetime to toss the opening pitch for her favorite team on August 26. 

Pretty good for someone who cracked the century mark ... and still better than 50 Cent's.

Kate Upton Top Gun Entrance ... Into Chi-Town

8/20/2015 2:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Kate Upton had a strong buzz over Wrigley Field -- she was riding shotgun in a World War II era fighter plane that buzzed the Cubs-Tigers game.

Four P-51 Mustangs flew over Wrigley in honor of the 1945 throwback game, and Kate was in the cockpit of one of them ... posting some badass vids (h/t BSO) from the event.

Take note -- the pilots did NOT force Kate to wear one of those ugly, confining jumpsuits during the flight. Nor did they care that her BF Justin Verlander pitches for the opposition. Smart pilots.

Words never heard with Upton on board: "Negative ghost rider, the pattern is full."

Little Girl With Robotic Hand Throws First Pitch At Baltimore Orioles Game

8/19/2015 1:06 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

5-year-old Hailey Dawson showed everyone that disabilities don't have to hold anyone back ... throwing out the first pitch at a Baltimore Orioles game with her robotic hand.

Hailey's right hand is not fully developed because a rare disease called Poland Syndrome. 

UNLV engineers and Hailey's mom worked together to design her 3-D printed prosthetic called the Flexy-Hand 2 ... that helps her with the ability to grip things.

Thanks to their hard work, Hailey was able to use the Orioles-themed robotic hand to throw out the first pitch to third baseman Manny Machado before Monday night's game.


Yankees' CC Sabathia Caught Up in Toronto Street Brawl

8/17/2015 10:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

update_graphic_red_bar1:30 PM PT -- Sabathia says he regrets making a "bad decision" by trying to get involved in the fight.update_grey_gray_barYankees star CC Sabathia was leaving a Toronto nightclub when a massive fight broke out ... and several people had to hold him back from the action.

The brawl broke out early Saturday morning ... after the Yankees had won game 1 of their weekend series against the Blue Jays. CC stands out in the crowd for two reasons -- he's 6'7" and he's sporting BRIGHT red sneakers.

It's unclear what sparked the fight -- witnesses tell us hecklers were yelling "Go Blue Jays" -- but Sabathia definitely looks like he WANTS to jump into the fray. Ultimately, a friend shoved him into a cab and he got outta Dodge.

Good thing too ... 'cause the fight was insane.

The Yanks just scratched CC from his start tonight, which probably has nothing to do with this fight. We've got calls in to the team and CC's reps.


Brewers Minor Leaguer I'm Gay ... 1st Active MLB Player to Come Out

8/16/2015 1:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0815_david-densonmlbcomMilwaukee Brewers 1st baseman David Denson announced he's gay -- the first Major League Baseball affiliated player to do so -- and he says his teammates are showing full support for him.

Benson plays on the Brewers' Rookie League team in Montana, and made the announcement during an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He says he made the decision after consulting with Billy Bean -- a retired former MLB player.

Denson says last month one of his teammates jokingly called him a gay epithet, and he replied ... "Be careful what you say, you never know." Despite that incident ... Denson says his teammates in Helena, MT have had his back 100%.

He told the team first, and says they told him his sexuality didn't matter because it has nothing to do with his ability as a player. According to Denson, they added ... "You're still our teammate. You're still our brother."

MLB joins pro soccer, basketball, and football ... as team sports that have had players come out.

Fetty Wap Like Hey What’s Up ... Hello to KC Royals

8/11/2015 4:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen” and the KC Royals are like Reese's Peanut Butter Cups -- and since the players have turned the song into their unofficial summer theme ... Fetty paid 'em a visit.

The Royals have been playing a game where they work "1738" -- the opening lyric to Fetty's hit -- into all their interviews. Anyone who fails gets fined in the clubhouse.

Guess F-Dub caught wind of this, and dropped by Kauffmann Stadium on Tuesday evening to check out the Royals' skills, and to jump them into his Remy Boyz 1738 crew ... with t-shirts.

Warning, Alex Gordon ... do NOT let Fetty introduce you to the stove.

Pete Rose Takes Lie Detector Test, But ... Will New Commish Buy It?

8/7/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0806-pete-rose-tmz-getty-01Pete Rose desperately wants the new MLB Commissioner to believe he's not a liar, because the disgraced baseball great just underwent a polygraph exam ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Multiple sources tell us Rose went to Jack Trimarco & Associates in Beverly Hills on Wednesday to take the lie detector test ... and it's all connected to his efforts to be reinstated. 

Rose wasted no time reaching out to Commissioner Rob Manfred when he took the MLB reins this year. According to Manfred, Rose has filed a formal request to have his lifetime ban lifted. We're told Rose is hoping the polygraph results will help him build a case for Manfred.

Reversing the ban would be the first step to Rose possibly getting on a Hall of Fame ballot.

Trimarco's pretty famous in lie detector circles. He's worked on terrorism cases like Oklahoma City and the '93 World Trade Center bombing. He's also the guy who truth tested Jose Canseco about steroids in baseball. 

Trimarco told us he couldn't comment about Rose. Ditto from Pete's camp. 

Doc Rivers Disgusted With Paul Pierce's 1st Pitch

7/30/2015 8:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

He hasn't played 1 minute for the Clippers yet ... but Paul Pierce has already found a way to DISAPPOINT his new coach -- when he CHOKED on the mound at the Dodgers game. 

FYI -- Pierce had the honor of throwing out the 1st pitch at Dodgers Stadium earlier this week ... but failed ... and got showered with boos from the crowd. 

So, when we saw Doc Rivers in L.A. yesterday, we showed him the footage for the first time to get his candid reaction -- and it was hilarious. 

"On no. That is awful."

Check out the clip ... Rivers does offer a pretty good excuse for Pierce ... and then reveals an embarrassing baseball secret about himself. 

John Rocker FURIOUS F-BOMB RANT ... Rips Business Associate

7/30/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

John Rocker UNLEASHED THE FURY all over a sports memorabilia dealer in NY this week -- cussing the guy out for being late to pick him up en route to the airport ... in classic John Rocker fashion. 

The ex-MLB pitcher -- and former "Survivor" contestant -- was out in Cooperstown, NY this past week signing autographs at an event for Paterno Brothers Sports ... and things went fine until it was time to go the airport.

According to Brian Paterno ... Rocker's car was running late due to unexpected traffic on Monday -- and when it got to his hotel, Rocker was furious -- and ripped into the people who were in charge of his transportation. 

One of the people traveling in the car with Rocker began recording Rocker's meltdown -- in which you can hear John tearing everyone a new A-hole. 

Lots of cuss words ... some insults ... more cussing ... and more general Rocker rage. 

Eventually, John got to the airport -- but missed his flight. You can imagine how that went. 

We reached out to Rocker multiple times for comment -- but haven't heard back. 

NBA's Reggie Jackson I Got Hate Tweets Aimed at OTHER Reggie Jackson

7/29/2015 7:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

It's not ALWAYS great sharing a name with a sports legend ... just ask NBA star Reggie Jackson who says he got some hate tweeted his way after the OTHER Reggie cussed people out in public last week. 

Reggie -- who just signed a 5-year $80 MILLION contract with the Pistons -- was out in L.A. this week when he told us he gets confused with the MLB Hall of Famer all the time, especially on social media. 

So with Reggie (MLB) making headlines for GOING OFF on some autograph seekers in Cooperstown on Friday, Reggie (NBA) told us some angry fans accidentally spit their cyber venom his way. 

For the record, Reggie (MLB) eventually apologized for the rant ... saying, "A sincere apology for my profanity in public to all fans. Certainly not a way to communicate. Mad or not, no excuse."

BTW, Jackson is also tight with fellow NBA star Nick Young ... but the big question -- is he getting invited to the wedding??? Check out the clip. 

Taylor Swift Does Solid For Houston Astros ... Or Just Jinxed Them

7/27/2015 11:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0727-taylor-swift-houston-astros-GETTY-01The battle for Minute Maid Park is over ... and the Houston Astros have won -- with Taylor Swift agreeing to reschedule a concert date that would have conflicted with an Astros playoff game. 

Swift was originally scheduled to perform at MMP on October 13th -- which could have conflicted with a playoff game if the team makes the post-season.

FYI -- the Astros were expected to suck this season, but managed to put together a 55-45 record so far ... and are just one game behind the Angels for control of the American League West. 

But now, Swift has apparently agreed to move the date up ... with the Astros announcing her concert will now take place on September 9th instead. 

You don't believe in jinxes ... do you?

A-Rod Ball Guy Getting 'Scary' Threats 'Cause I Won't Return Ball

6/30/2015 12:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0630_zack_hample_gettyZack Hample ... the guy who caught A-Rod's 3,000th hit ... tells TMZ Sports that since snagging the lucky ball he's been dogged by people making "scary" threats for him to return the ball to the Yankees stud.

Hample ... a notorious ball hawk who actually writes a blog on how to catch dingers ... says some fans want him to return the ball so badly that they are filling up his inboxes with dangerous talk.

"I try to disregard it, but when some people make personal threats and say things, it's scary."

Zack also tells us he adamantly refutes the rumors that he knocked over kids and old ladies to get the ball ... saying Internet haters are spreading the lies to smear his name. 

"What I do, is totally respectful, and done with the utmost care. It's all lies."

Hample still hasn't made up his mind about what to do with the rock just yet -- despite yet another offer from the Yankees -- but he says he doesn't understand why people are giving him a hard time.

"No one has a problem with A-Rod making like $20 or 30 million a year, but when some dude catches a baseball he's supposed to just hand it over to the rich guy."

Darryl Hamilton's Death Girlfriend's Ex Called 911 ... Sounds Like a Violent Situation

6/23/2015 2:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

90s Major Leaguer Darryl Hamilton was killed by his girlfriend in what police are calling a murder-suicide -- and right before the shooting ... she begged her ex-husband to call cops.

The 911 call was placed by Monica Jordan's ex Sunday around 4:45 PM outside Houston. He tells the operator Monica sounded distraught, and wanted him to get over to her house immediately. 

Monica was living with Hamilton, who retired after the 2001 season ... and had played for the Mets, Giants, and several other teams. 

The ex husband said he didn't think there were any weapons in the house. He was wrong. When police arrived they found Hamilton's body with multiple gunshot wounds -- and Monica's body with one self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The couple's 14-month old child was safe in the home.

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