Chicago Cub Ernie Banks, right, told NPR's Scott Simon, left, in 2014 that he had a lot of fun winning games, but the main thing in his life was "making friends." Peter Breslow/NPR hide caption

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San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner throws during the fifth inning of Game 7 of the World Series in Kansas City, Mo., on Wednesday. He was also the winning starting pitcher in Game 1 and Game 5. Jeff Roberson/AP hide caption

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The San Francisco Giants' Brandon Belt can't reach the Kansas City Royals' Alcides Escobar as he slides safely to first base on an infield single Tuesday night during the second inning of Game 6 of baseball's World Series in Kansas City, Mo. Escobar eventually would score the Royals' fourth run. Matt Slocum/AP hide caption

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San Francisco Giants pitcher Hunter Strickland watches Wednesday as Kansas City Royals Omar Infante runs around the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the sixth inning of Game 2 of baseball's World Series Wednesday Matt Slocum/AP hide caption

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Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants pitches in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals during Game 1 of the 2014 World Series on Tuesday in Kansas City, Mo. Rob Carr/Getty Images hide caption

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The San Francisco Giants' Travis Ishikawa reacts Thursday after hitting a walk-off three-run home run during the ninth inning of Game 5 of the National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Jeff Chiu/The Associated Press hide caption

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Outfielder Alex Gordon of the Kansas City Royals celebrates the team's Game 4 win over the Baltimore Orioles, which completed a sweep of the American League Championship Series, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., on Wednesday. Jamie Squire/Getty Images hide caption

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Derek Jeter smiles during a game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Sept. 18. The Yankee captain, who retires at the end of this season, joined the 3,000-hit club in 2011. Frank Franklin II/AP hide caption

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Chief Operating Officer of Major League Basball Rob Manfred speaks June 26 during a Memorial Tribute To Tony Gwynn by the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park in San Diego. Stephen Dunn/Getty Images hide caption

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First baseman Jim Thome stands in at the plate in a 1997 Cleveland Indians game. The team signed Thome to a special contract this weekend so he could retire with the team that brought him to the big leagues. Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images hide caption

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Don Zimmer, manager of the Chicago Cubs, watches batting practice before the 1990 All-Star game with fellow managers Jim Leyland of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Tony LaRussa of the Oakland Athletics and Roger Craig of the San Francisco Giants at Wrigley Field. Getty Images/Getty Images hide caption

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