Sep 30, 2011; Arlington, TX, USA; Cooper Stone throws out the ceremonial first pitch to Texas Rangers left fielder Josh Hamilton (32) before game one of the 2011 ALDS against the Tampa Bay Rays at Rangers Ballpark. Stone is the son of Shannon Stone a Texas firefighter who passed away from injuries suffered in an accident on July 7 at Rangers Ballpark.
Nick LeGrande, 13, who is battling aplastic anemia, threw out the ceremonial first pitch for an Oakland A's home game from 1,800 miles away in Kansas City, thanks to a project by Google fiber. LeGrande and his family were in a mini baseball stadium constructed by Google at its Kansas City offices, close to LeGrande's home and Children's Mercy Hospital, where he receives treatment. Simultaneously, in the Bay Area, the robotic device was on the pitcher's mound at Oakland Coliseum, allowing LeGrande to throw the pitch and watch it happen from afar. LeGrande used an Android application allowing him to control the movements of the robot, which was equipped with a camera, livestreaming a view of the ballpark to LeGrande.
Houston: Pat Duncan
Duncan, a 90-year-old World War II veteran, tosses out the first pitch before the Rockies-Astros game on Memorial Day 2013. Duncan survived the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.
Seattle: Sgt. Leroy Petry
Petry acknowledges the crowd after delivering the game ball to the pitcher's mound prior to the game between the Mariners and the Padres on Memorial Day 2013 at Safeco Field in Seattle. Petry was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in combat in Afghanistan.
Oakland: Dale Beatty
Iraq war veteran Beatty threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the game between the A's and the Giants at O.co Coliseum in Oakland on Memorial Day 2013. Beatty lost both his legs in combat and later founded a company that modifies homes for other disabled veterans.
Military men and women
Sometimes it's too hard to pick just one person to throw out the first pitch. So the Brewers had a host of military personnel on hand for the honor before their game against the Twins on Memorial Day 2013.
Boston: Ron Brassard
Ron Brassard from New Hampshire, who was injured in the Boston Marathon bombings reacts to cheers before a game between Minnesota Twins and the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on May 7, 2013.
Boston: Patty Campbell
Patty Campbell, whose 29-year-old daughter Krystle Campbell was killed in the Boston Marathon bombing, throws out a ceremonial pitch before a game between the Minnesota Twins and the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on May 7, 2013.
Abbott, a Boston Marathon bombing survivor who lost her lower left leg from the tragedy, throws out the first pitch at Fenway Park before the Boston Red Sox host the Toronto Blue Jays on May 11, 2013.
Tampa Bay: Sgt. Mike Nicholson
Sgt. Michael Nicholson, who lost his left arm and both of his legs after stepping on a hidden explosive while serving in Afghanistan, threw out the first pitch along with new Tampa Bay Buc Darrelle Revis, right, at the Rays game vs. the Yankees on April 22, 2013. They were joined on the field by Luke Scott of the Rays. "I haven't lost my throwing arm so that's good," Nicholson told The Tampa Bay Times prior to the game. "I'm looking to throw a solid pitch down the plate."
Alex and Errict Lavery
Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion of the Toronto Blue Jays pose with Alex and Errict Lavery who threw out the first pitches before a game against the Yankees on April 21, 2013, at Rogers Centre. The brothers are both battling Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
Victims of Boson bombing
Matt Paterson, Steven Byrne, Dick Hoyt and Rick Hoyt, throw out the first pitches during a pre-game ceremony on April 20, the first Red Sox home game after the bombing at the Boston Marathon on April 15. The trio was there to represent citizens who saved lives (Patterson of Lynn, Mass.), those who survived their injuries (Byrne of Lowell, Mass.) and marathon runners (the father and son Hoyts).
Petty Officer First Class Catherine Kavanaugh
Kavanaugh of the United States Coast Guard throws out a ceremonial first pitch during ceremonies on Salute to Armed Forces Night prior to the Mariners-Rangers game at Safeco Field on April 13.
Beckum, a former Negro Leaguer and well-known ballplayer in Milwaukee County’s adult leagues, fires one home on April 1.
Miami: Norman Berman
Berman, 84, who was a Brooklyn Dodgers ballboy during Jackie Robinson's rookie season, celebrates after throwing out a ceremonial first pitch before the Miami Marlins face the Washington Nationals on Jackie Robinson Day, April 15, 2013.
Texas: Parker family
(Left to right) Robbie Parker, daughter Samantha, Parker's wife Alissa and Texas Rangers OF David Murphy, gather on the field before Robbie threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Rangers' home opener on April 5, 2013. Parker grew up in North Texas. The Parkers lost their 6-year-old daughter, Emilie, who was among the victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting in Connecticut in December 2012. Murphy, who was Emilie's favorite player, gave the family the jersey he wore on Opening Day. All Opening Day jerseys across MLB had a patch on them honoring the Newtown victims.
Orioles honor Earl Weaver
On April 5, 2013, at their home opener, the Baltimore Orioles paid tribute to longtime manager Earl Weaver, who died on Jan. 19, 2013. Instead of the traditional ceremonial first pitch, a ball was placed on the mound while the players, coaches, staff and fans observed a moment of silence in Weaver's honor.
Army Staff Sgt. Clint Romesha
The Medal of Honor recipient throws out the ceremonial first pitch before the Nationals face the Miami Marlins on Opening Day, April 1, 2013.
Beckum, a former Negro Leaguer and well-known ballplayer in Milwaukee County’s adult leagues, fires one home before the Brewers host the Rockies on Opening Day, April 1, 2013.
High schooler Jack Jablonski as at Target Field to throw out the first pitch before a game between the Minnesota Twins and the visiting New York Yankees on Sept. 24, 2012. It was just nine months after the teen suffered a hockey injury that left him paralyzed.
Twins first baseman Justin Morneau visited Jablonski in the hospital a few months after his injury. Morneau, a big hockey fan, signed hats for Jablonski and his younger brother, Max, as well as a baseball bat. And Morneau was behind the plate as Jablonski delivered the first pitch before the game. The Minnesota Twins Wives Organization, who presented a $10,000 check for the Jack Jablonski Fund, joined Jablonski in front of the Target Field pitcher's mound.
American hero John Glenn tossed out the ceremonial first pitch before the Indians played the Yankees on Aug. 26, 2012. He was celebrating the 50th anniversary of his historic space flight on Feb. 20, 1962. Glenn, 91, was the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962. He asked the crowd for a moment of silence to honor Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, who died the day before, at age 82. Glenn and Hall of Fame Boston Red Sox slugger Ted Williams flew missions together during the Korean War. Glenn later became a US senator from his native Ohio.
Carey Rottman was shot in the back part of his upper right thigh by gunman James Holmes in the Aurora, Colo., theater shooting on July 20, 2012. The bullets damaged nearly 50 percent of Rottman's quad muscle. The Wisconsin native was all smiles when he threw out the first pitch at Coors Field on Aug. 13, 2012. Read more.
Four-year-old Micah Andrews threw out the first pitch before a D-backs game on July 24, 2012, accompanied by Dr. Nicholas Theodore, the man who saved his life. Andrews was critically injured in an automobile accident in Phoenix two years ago in which Micah's skull was separated from his spine. Afer his inspirational first pitch Dr. Theodore said: "I would call this a miracle, absolutely." Read more.
Tom Willis, who was born without hands, is hoping to visit all 30 major league stadiums as part of his Pitch for Awareness national tour, to promote an understanding that people with disabilities are capable of doing more than others perceive. Willis uses his feet to toss a rubber ball that is about 2/3 the size of a regulation baseball. Read more.
Former draft pick of the Los Angeles Angels and current Naval petty officer Nathan Burnett throws out the ceremonial first pitch before a game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on May 19, 2012.
Triple amputee, corporal Nick Kimmel, who turned down baseball scholarships to join the Marine Corps, stands to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on May 28, 2012.
Sandra Carter, widow of former New York Mets player Gary Carter, throws out the ceremonial first pitch before the Mets' Opening Day game against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Carter died Feb. 16, 2012, of brain cancer.
Thirteen-year old Tyler Stow, son of Giants fan Bryan Stow, who was savagely beaten at Dodger Stadium on Opening Day 2011, threw out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day 2012 at AT&T Park. Read more.
Cooper Stone threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Texas Rangers left fielder Josh Hamiltonbefore Game 1 of the 2011 ALDS against the Rays at Rangers Ballpark. Stone is the son of Shannon Stone, a Texas firefighter who died from head injuries suffered in a fall on July 7, 2011, at Rangers Ballpark. Shannon Stone tumbled over a railing while trying to catch a ball tossed to him by Hamilton. Read more.
Lorri Bernson, who lost 98 percent of her vision at age 33 due to complications from Type 1 diabetes, threw out the first pitch at Dodger Stadium on Aug. 29, 2011, with LA catcher A.J. Ellis talking her through the pitch. GM Ned Colletti sponsors Bernson's guide dog Carter through Guide Dogs of America. Read more.
Marine Cpl. Christopher Billmyer throws the ceremonial first pitch before the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles on April 27, 2011, in Baltimore.
U.S. Marine Cpl. Richard Reed, second from left, takes his turn throwing out a first pitch as part of Salute to Armed Forces Night, prior to a game between the Oakland Athletics and the Seattle Mariners on April 23, 2011, in Seattle. First pitches were also thrown by US Coast Guard Petty Officer Deana Palmisano, left, Air Force Sr. Airman Jesse Hughes, third from left, Navy Spc. Christopher Cady, second from right, and U.S. Army Sgt. Cole Ackley, right.
Jackie Robinson's granddaughter Sonia Pankey throws the ceremonial first pitch before the Los Angeles Angels play the Chicago White Sox in Chicago on April 15, 2011.
Chairman of the joint chiefs of staff Martin Dempsey threw out the ceremonial first pitch of Game 5 of the 2012 NLDS between the Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park.
Marine Corporal Nicholas Kimmel, flanked by Giants legend Willie Mays and pitcher Barry Zito, threw out the first pitch of Game 2 of the 2012 World Series between the Tigers and Giants at At&T Park. Kimmel lost both legs and his left arm during his second tour of duty in Afghanistan.