Frank Robinson to throw out opening pitch at President's Cup final

April 15, 2011|By Baltimore Sun Staff Report

Frank Robinson, a member of the baseball Hall of Fame and two-time World Series champion with the Baltimore Orioles, will throw out the first pitch prior to the final of the President's Cup Saturday at Camden Yards. He'll be joined by Geraldine Day, widow of former Negro League star and Hall of Famer Leon Day.

Robinson, who currently serves as senior adviser to Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, said he was excited to return to Baltimore.

"I am very pleased to attend the championship game of the President's Cup. Baltimore has always been very special to me because of all my time there, when I was privileged to be a part of two World Championship clubs as a player and then to serve as the manager and an executive with the Orioles. The people of Baltimore have always made their city a wonderful setting for baseball," Robinson said. "I admire the President's Cup's mission to bring many different students throughout the city together to play the great American game, and I applaud Council President [Bernard C. "Jack"] Young for helping launch what promises to be a great event."

The President's Cup is a city-run tournament that began last weekend with both public and private schools, and aims to bring players from different backgrounds together to play. Gilman will face Friends School in one semifinal Saturday morning at Mount Saint Joseph High School, while Boys' Latin and Mount Saint Joseph play in the other game at Swann Park. The championship game, which is open to the public at no cost, is at 1 p.m.

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