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First Pitch of Summer needs 1,000 kids to make history by pitching baseball from League Park to Progressive Field

Posted: 1:18 PM, May 09, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-09 13:18:49-04
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CLEVELAND — The Greater Cleveland Sports Commission needs 1,000 kids this summer to be a part of history by pitching a baseball from the historic League Park to the current Progressive Field.

The baseball will travel approximately three miles, tossed from one person to the next until it reaches Progressive Field. The baseball used in the relay will be the ball used for the ceremonial first pitch in the Cleveland Indians vs. New York Yankees game on June 8.

Base locations:

  • Home Base: League Park (6601 Lexington Ave.)
  • First Base: 3rd District Cleveland Police Station (4501 Chester Ave.)
  • Second Base: Jakprints (3133 Chester Ave.)
  • Third Base: Cleveland State University, Wolstein Center (Corner of E. 21st Street and Prospect Ave.)

League Park will be the location for the kick-off event where organizers will have music, roaming entertainment, baseball-themed games, vendors, food trucks and health resources. Slider and other mascots could make an appearance along the route.

Bases will be set up along the pitch route, where gathering places with refreshments, restrooms and staff.

Participation is free but registration is required. You can register at all City of Cleveland Recreation Centers or by calling 216-479-6226. Register here.