If you were a teenager in the 90s then you got to witness an explosion in the popularity of country music. Artists like Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Travis Tritt, Joe Diffie...well, you get the idea.
Before there was Scotty McCreery, Carrie Underwood or even Kelly Clarkson, another country act got a start on a television singing competition. Ed McMahon's 'Star Search' named its first Vocal Group winner in 1983, and helped launch the career of a pack of hitmakers as reliable as any in the early to mid-90s.
Major League Baseball spring training begins this week, and in the year 2000, that meant country superstar Garth Brooks reported for duty to the New York Mets clubhouse. It was the second of three stints the singer had in the bigs, and he left with an unimpressive batting average.
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