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Signing Results – Charlie Hough – MUST READ!!!

Signing Results – Charlie Hough – MUST READ!!!

As I continue to try to honor and prolong the memory of the original Florida Marlins, it does not get much better than this!!

Way back in 1993, Charlie Hough was the starting pitcher for the first game in the team’s history.

A veteran of the sport, who had seen three decades of major league activity, Hough kicked off the inaugural season for ‘The Fish’ on April 5, 1993.

And now, I have a very nice and special signed baseball to commemorate that historic event in Marlins team history.

Have a look:


And the inscription that I requested too!!!

When one of my buddies from an autographing website that I frequent was taking orders for a signing with Hough, Charlie was involved because he was one of the three pitchers (he was number three) to give up the three home runs to Reggie Jackson in the 1977 World Series.

And as historic as that amazing event was, I choose to remember Mr. Hough as the Opening Day pitcher during the Marlins’ first game instead.

Thank you for your help Chris.  And ‘Thank You’ Mr. Hough!!!

Did You Know…

President Truman was the first U.S. President to two first pitches, one left-handed and one right-handed, on April 18, 1950.

**factoid courtesy of ‘Armchair Reader – Grand Slam Baseball’

Celebrity First Pitch – ‘The Top Ten’

Since the begining of July, I have brought you 39 different videos in my ‘Celebrity First Pitch’ series.  In that group, you have seen actors, presidents, singers, as well as former and current professional athletes take their shot at the ceremonial first pitch of a baseball game.

I am going to put this series to rest for a little while, but I thought today would be a perfect time to present the ‘Top 10’ to you for your viewing pleasure.

To get to this list, I conducted  a very non-sceintific analysis by reviewing the comments, page hits, and natural searches to wittle this list of 39 hopefuls to the ‘Top 10’.

So here they are – ‘The 30-Year Old Cardboard Celebrity First Pitch Top 10 Videos’!!!!  Enjoy.

10 – Homer Simpson – https://bapple2286.wordpress.com/2009/07/30/celebrity-first-pitch-homer-simpson/

9 – King Kong Bundy – https://bapple2286.wordpress.com/2009/08/08/celebrity-first-pitch-king-kong-bundy/

8 – Pau Gasol – https://bapple2286.wordpress.com/2009/07/09/celebrity-first-pitch-pau-gasol/

7 – Kevin Garnett – https://bapple2286.wordpress.com/2009/07/16/celebrity-first-pitch-kevin-garnett/

6 – Darth Vader – https://bapple2286.wordpress.com/2009/07/21/celebrity-first-pitch-darth-vader/

5 – Rey Mysterio Jr. – https://bapple2286.wordpress.com/2009/07/08/celebrity-first-pitch-rey-mysterio-jr/

4 – Shaquille O’neal – https://bapple2286.wordpress.com/2009/08/13/celebrity-first-pitch-%e2%80%93-shaquille-oneal/

3 – President George Bush – https://bapple2286.wordpress.com/2009/07/07/celebrity-first-pitch-president-george-w-bush/

2 – The Kardashian Ladies – https://bapple2286.wordpress.com/2009/08/07/celebrity-first-pitch-the-kardashian-ladies/

And now, the video that the readers enjoyed more than any other in this series….

1 – Mark Wahlberg – https://bapple2286.wordpress.com/2009/07/13/celebrity-first-pitch-mark-wahlberg/

Thank you for making this such a fun series.  I look forward to season 2 of ‘Celebrity First Pitch’ which should debut in the coming months!!!

Celebrity First Pitch – Cal Ripken Jr.

Possibly one of the greatest legends in the game.

Imagine showing up to a baseball game and the public address announcer says, “Here to throw out the first pitch in tonight’s game is Hall of Famer and baseball superstar, Cal Ripken, Jr.”.

Now that would be an awesome story to tell!!!

Celebrity First Pitch – Chewbacca

How often are you able to see a 7-foot tall Wookie throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the start of a baseball game??  That’s what I thought – not often at all!!

So if you get that kind of unique chance, you might as well go all out and see the most famous Wookie of them all…. 

Yep, Chewbacca!!!  Enjoy.

2 notable takes from this video.  #1 – I didn’t know ‘Chewy’ was a southpaw.  #2 – I cannot believe that Hans Solo is still with Princess Leah..  🙂

Celebrity First Pitch – The Michelin Man

 Who knew he had it in him??  And this whole time we thought he was just a cheap rip-off of the ‘Stay Puft Marshmallow Man’!!!

I think I counted 2 bounces before it reached the catcher.  2, maybe 3!!!

Celebrity First Pitch – Shaquille O’Neal

I love Shaq!!!  He is a larger-than-life man with a personality to match!!!

This video is from a Cardinals game earlier in the week, and I have to say that it’s fun to watch Shaq and Albert Pujols genuinely enjoying this moment together.  Here we have the biggest star in baseball with the biggest star, literally and figuratively, the sporting world has ever seen.  And they’re having fun!!!

Instant Classic!!!

Celebrity First Pitch – Rickey Henderson

As part of ‘Rickey Henderson Weekend’ last week in Oakland, the A’s gave the newest member of the Hall of Fame the chance to throw out the game’s ceremonial first pitch.

Of course Rickey obliged and as usual he thrilled the crowd that was watching!!!

Celebrity First Pitch – Michael Wilbon

You’ve got to love Wilbon!!!  Of course there is his obvious tie to Chicago that I like, but I also find him to be the leader of PTI.  His wit and timing are almost perfect for a show of that type, and I don’t think they would be nearly as successful if he were not a main element of the show.

You’d think that a guy that has spent that much time around a ballpark would be able to reach the catcher without bouncing the ball into the dirt…  Oh Well!

Celebrity First Pitch – 2008 NBA Champion Boston Celtics

Why not invite the entire championship roster of the 2008 Boston Celtics out to throw out the first pitch at Fenway Park.  And while they are there, let them party their asses off on the pitching mound too…

What is the Over/Under on the number of intoxicated Celtics at the game???