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f the slumping Chicago Cubs needed inspiration to right their season on Opening Day at Wrigley Field, the guy singing the national anthem provided it. Twenty-five years ago on Tuesday, Wayne Messmer was bleeding from a gunshot wound in his throat, worried that he might die and thinking his voice was silenced forever.

“I was pretty sure it wasn’t going to come back,” Messmer said before Monday’s performance in front of a packed Wrigley Field. “My left vocal cord was paralyzed 4½ months.”

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