360 Lunchtime Links: Austinite honoring mom by visiting all 30 MLB parks

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Katie Russell

Need a break today? Here are a few of the best and buzziest life and entertainment headlines for Monday.

Katie Russell

Katie Russell

1. Austinite honoring mom by visiting all 30 Major League Baseball parks will complete trip tomorrow.

After traveling nearly 30,000 miles, Katie Russell will have visited all 30 MLB parks on Tuesday, when she is slated to throw the first pitch at Wrigley Field for the Chicago Cubs-Milwaukee Brewers game. Russell undertook the trip after her mother, who originally conceived it, died from cancer in 2009. “The funny thing is, I went in search of my mom and I found myself — and it’s really been a gift from her,” Russell said.

2. Tracy Morgan makes first stage appearance since accident during Emmys.

After spending eight days in a coma, Tracy Morgan was just “ecstatic to learn I wasn’t the one who messed up,” he said Sunday night during the 67th Primetime Emmys. In his first stage appearance since his debilitating car accident last year, Morgan thanked his doctors and family for standing by him through his recovery. The actor is set to host “Saturday Night Live” on October 17. Watch Morgan’s appearance below.

3. Today is the 25th anniversary of “The Jerry Springer Show.”

Of his guests, television host Jerry Springer says he is no better — “Only luckier.” The show, which garners about 2 million viewers daily, celebrates 25 years on air today, the Associated Press reports. Springer, 71, says he is all ready for another year and hopefully several more after that.

4. Vince Young loses bet, wears a personalized Cal shirt after Longhorn lose.

Texas had plenty to bemoan Saturday: a 45-44 loss, a dim tower and Vince Young in a Cal shirt. Young made a bet with friend and former Cal player Scott Nady in early August that he would wear a Cal shirt if the Longhorns lost. True to his word, and with horns high, Young posed for a picture in the shirt Saturday given to him by Nady. Burnt orange really does so much for him.

5. Gary Clark Jr. can Moonwalk better than you.

Gary Clark Jr.’s parents revealed a few lesser known facts about the blues guitarist, including that he’s a Moonwalk master, which left his fiancee speechless. “We keep waiting for him to pull that out on stage with his guitar,” Sandy Clark said. When he was still young, Clark’s mother taught him Michael Jackson’s signature dance move.


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