The baseball will travel about 3 miles, tossed from one person to the next, on a journey to become the ball used for the ceremonial first pitch in that evening’s Cleveland Indians vs. New York Yankees game.
The event — called “First Pitch of Summer” presented by Progressive and KeyBank and hosted by Greater Cleveland Sports Commission — will lead off the Midsummer Classic community events by celebrating Cleveland’s rich baseball heritage.
A community-style festival will open First Pitch festivities at League Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The festival will include music, entertainment, mascots, baseball-themed games and displays, tours of the Baseball Heritage Museum, vendors, food trucks and autograph sessions with Carlos Baerga and Paul Scheuy, former Cleveland Indians. A community resource station featuring health screenings will be available on-site.
Opening ceremonies for First Pitch will include community leaders, city officials and celebrity guests.
The First Pitch ball tossing begins at 1 p.m. at League Park, 6601 Lexington Ave. — the site of the Indians’ first baseball stadium.
This event is free and open to the public.