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Buck Showalter once taught David Letterman to be a ballplayer on 'Late Night'

The biggest of the big-name guests have paraded into the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City in recent weeks, all to say a fond farewell to David Letterman, the late-night titan who will appear in CBS' 11:30 p.m. timeslot once more tonight.

One former big-name guest who didn't make it to the "Late Show with David Letterman" retirement tour, however, was Orioles manager Buck Showalter, who in a 1992 epsiode of NBC's "Late Night with David Letterman" tried to teach a then-45-year-old Letterman how to be a ballplayer.

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"We're looking for the subtleties," Letterman said. "We're looking for the lost art of baseball. ... I want to look like a player."

Showalter, manager of the New York Yankees at the time, then joined Yankees hitting coach Frank Howard in teaching Letterman and "Late Night" staffer Mary Connealy some of the game's finer points, such as spitting, successfully being hit by a pitch and shouting nonsense from the dugout during a game.

"Usually there are a lot of things said that are not even a word ... you're not really saying anything," Showalter told Letterman.

Letterman's guests in recent weeks have included President Barack Obama, actors George Clooney and Tom Hanks, actress Julia Roberts and Oprah Winfrey, but the guest list for the final episode tonight has been closely guarded.

Don't count on Showalter making an appearance, though. The Orioles play the Seattle Mariners at Camden Yards tonight at 7.

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