Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder will lead Game 5 seventh-inning stretch

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Bill Murray may hold the title of No. 1 Cubs fan, but he has some stiff competition in Eddie Vedder, who not only composed Cubs’ anthem “All the Way,” but was seen partying in the clubhouse with the team following their NLCS clinch against the Dodgers. Like Game 4 performer Vince Vaughn, he’s become a familiar face from the broadcast booth at Wrigley Field, and has graced the Cubs’ fanbase with at least five renditions of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” since 1998. On Sunday, he’ll make his sixth appearance at the mic and, though it goes without saying, his first in a World Series.

Former Cubs’ public address announcer Wayne Messmer will perform the national anthem and “God Bless America” during the Series’ last stop in Wrigley Field. Messmer was the voice of the Cubs from the mid-1980s through the mid-1990s, and has built a reputation as a talented anthem singer around other Chicago sports venues — including the Cubs’ crosstown rival White Sox.

Ceremonial first pitch duties will go to Hall of Fame Cub Ryne Sandberg, who was immortalized in Chicago lore during “The Sandberg Game” of 1984, when the 24-year-old infielder stunned the Cardinals with two game-tying home runs in the ninth and tenth innings of the Cubs’ 11-inning win. He spent 15 of his 16 major league seasons in Chicago, earning a place in Cooperstown with 282 home runs, a .285 career average, 10 consecutive All-Star nominations, nine consecutive Gold Gloves, and a knockout MVP year in 1984. Fellow Hall of Famer Andre Dawson will deliver the game ball.