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"Hurling on the Ball Field..."

3 years 4 months 1 week ago May 17, 2013 May 17, 2013 Friday, May 17 2013 May 17, 2013 3:00 AM in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

Japanese Prime Minister Okuma Shigenobu hurled the first ceremonial "first pitch" in 1908 in Koshien, Japan, a tradition that has since honored 22 Presidents. Unless a game is rained-out, the ceremony always occurs. The "first pitch" also designates the completion of pregame festivities and the beginning of the game. Years ago, the guest threw a ball from their grandstand seat to the pitcher or catcher of the home team. In recent years the tradition has moved to the pitcher's mound, affording the thrower an acceptable range to home plate. My last pitching experience was when the Ellwood City Elks played Chewton which unfortunately ended in a two-hitter. I'll toss out the first pitch tonight at the LSU-Ole Miss game at Skip Bertman Field at Alex Box in "weather" attire.

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