Updated February 28 2013

Hank Aaron to Throw Out First Pitch Opening Night


The Columbia Blowfish Baseball Club announced today Hall of Famer Hank Aaron will be on hand at Capital City Park at the Blowfish Home Opener Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 7:05 p.m.

In “I Had A Hammer”, Hank Aaron’s autobiography a young 19 year old Hank Aaron played his final minor league baseball game in 1953 with the Jacksonville Braves against the Columbia Reds at Historic Capital City Park. The following year Hank was promoted to the Major Leagues playing for the Milwaukee Braves. Aaron finished his career with 755 home runs.

Blowfish President Bill Shanahan, had the opportunity many years ago to meet him during the construction of Hank Aaron Stadium in Mobile, Alabama and has maintained a longstanding friendship with Mr. Aaron. In 2010, Shanahan relocated Hank Aaron’s Childhood home to Hank Aaron Stadium in Mobile, where Mr. Aaron was born, and restored it into a museum on the stadium grounds.

“We are all very honored that Hank has accepted our invitation to throw out of the ceremonial first pitch opening night,” said Shanahan. “This will be the start of a season of “Great Memories at The Cap”, which includes a salute to the Columbia Reds, Mets, Bombers plus many of the players and staff that worked over the years. A season-long tribute to the old ballpark. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Hank Aaron Childhood Home & Museum.

The Defending Coastal Plain League Champions will take on the Gastonia Grizzlies Wednesday, May 29th at Capital City Park. Tickets are on sale today and can be purchased for $6.00 at blowfishbaseball.com or call the box office at 803-254-FISH (3474)

The Columbia Blowfish are a proud member of the Coastal Plain League, the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 17th season in 2013, the CPL features 14 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. Furthermore, the CPL has had over 1,000 alumni drafted and 59 alums – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut thus far. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com, and be sure to friend us on Facebook (at www.facebook.com/coastalplainleague) and follow us via Twitter (as cplbaseball).


Kelly Evans


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