First Pitch of Summer, first time event in Cleveland, presented by Progressive and KeyBank in association with Cleveland Indians.

As part of the first pitch, 1000+ volunteers from local communities will be “pitching” a baseball from the historic League Park to the modern Progressive Field.

From a historical point of view, Babe Ruth hit his 500th home run at the park in 1929.

The baseball will travel approximately three miles, tossed from one person to the next, on a journey to become the ball used for the ceremonial first pitch in the Cleveland Indians vs. New York Yankees game on June 8.

The main event took place at League Park will be the hub, with a festival leading off the event at 10 a.m., complete with music, roaming entertainment, baseball-themed games and displays, vendors, food trucks, health resources, Baseball Heritage Museum tours and autograph sessions with Cleveland Indians legends.

4 bases were set up along the 3-mile route, Home Base at League Park (6601 Lexington Ave.), First Base at 3rd District Cleveland Police Station (4501 Chester Ave.) Second Base at Jakprints (3133 Chester Ave.) and Third Base at Cleveland State University, Wolstein Center (Corner of E. 21st Street and Prospect Ave.)

It was a fun event for sure and baseball did travel by car to reach next base. Here is the video and pictures from the event.


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