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'First Pitch of Summer' event features 1,200 people pitching baseball from League Park to Progressive Field

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Jun 7, 2019 at 11:00 AM

CLEVELAND — On Saturday, more than 1,200 people will "pitch" a baseball from historic League Park to Progressive Field.

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.

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