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OREL HERSHISER, SINGER


A number of years ago Orel Hershiser was pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers. They had just won the World Series, and Orel had been named the most valuable player of the series.


One of the TV shows about the series showed him in the dugout just before the ninth inning started. He was leaning against the wall and his lips were moving. It was obvious that he was saying something to himself. So when he was a guest on the Tonight Show, Johnny Carson asked him what he had been saying.


"I wasn't saying anything," Orel responded.


"Well, then, tell us what you were doing."


Finally, Orel replied, "I was singing."


"You were singing?" Johnny said. "I didn't know you were a singer."


"Aw," Orel said, "I'm not."


Johnny persisted, "What were you singing? Sing it for us now."


"Nah, I don't want to sing." But by that time the audience was chiming in with, "C'mon, sing it, sing it to us!"


Finally, Orel Hirschheiser started to sing, "Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Praise Him all creatures here below."


And Johnny Carson was speechless. The whole audience was dead silent. Then one person started clapping, and soon the whole audience joined in applause.

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