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Brief history of the ceremonial first pitch

Originally Published: June 5, 2009
By Jim Caple | Page 2

It isn't as easy as it looks.

Oh, I know. It's fun to ridicule Carl Lewis, Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory, Mariah Carey and anyone else you have seen deliver an embarrassing ceremonial first pitch. Having covered baseball for almost a quarter-century, I've seen a full range of first pitches. I've seen Homer Simpson, RoboCop, Ronald McDonald, Mr. Piggly Wiggly and Charlie Brown show off their arms, and they all were better than Lewis. I've seen George W. Bush (inspiring) and Barack ...

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