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Jim Harbaugh gloves up for Game 5 at Wrigley

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News


Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, wearing a Michigan hoodie and a Cubs hat and carrying his ball glove, attended Sunday night’s Indians-Cubs World Series game at Wrigley Field with wife, Sarah, and father, Jack, a lifelong Indians fan.

Harbaugh coached the second-ranked Wolverines to a victory over rival Michigan State on Saturday.

Jack Harbaugh, left, and Jim Harbaugh watch Game 5 of the World Series at Wrigley Field Sunday.

Two weeks ago during his weekly radio show, Harbaugh told show host Jim Brandstatter that 77-year-old Jack, who was born in Crestline, Ohio, is a “huge” Indians fan. Jim Harbaugh, who threw out the first pitch at a Cubs game last July, said on the show he hoped the Cubs and Indians would advance.

Jack Harbaugh also attended Wednesday’s World Series game and sat behind home plate  with son-in-law Tom Crean, Indiana’s basketball coach.

Jack told The Detroit News in June 2015, for a Father’s Day story on Jack and his son, that Jim has always brought a baseball glove to games. Jim has said he had dreamed as a young boy about being a major league baseball player.

“He brings a glove, and he will insist on sitting somewhere where there are no obstructions, so when the ball is hit, there’s no screen it can go into,” Jack told The News last year. “If it’s hit at his section, he wants a clean shot at it. He claims he has 19 balls he’s gotten at the games and he claims they aren’t batting practice balls, but ones he got during the games at some point during the nine innings.

“The ball comes, no matter who’s around him, it’s everyone for themselves. He will dive for the ball. He will get on the concrete and crawl on his hands and knees to retrieve the ball. We did this at San Francisco last year at the Giants game. A couple people behind us weren’t as aggressive for the ball, and we had to apologize that (Jim) works on a different frequency.”