Victoria HarbourCats set world record
The Victoria HarbourCats made baseball history Thursday.
The club and its fans threw 5,253 pitches in a day long event to set the world record for the most ceremonial first pitches thrown prior to a game by a minor-league baseball club.
HarbourCats general manager Jim Swanson called the accomplishment “magical.”
“Thank you, Victoria! Thank you to our fans, supporters, and to Peninsula Co-op for sponsoring this event,” he said.
The event started at 8:30 a.m. and went right to game time, as fans streamed through Royal Athletic Park all day long to break the previous record of 4,218 held by the Brevard County Manatees.
The final two pitches of the new record were thrown by Cooper, the mascot for event sponsor Peninsula Co-op, and by former Major League pitcher Jason Grimsley, the father of John Grimsley, an outfielder with the HarbourCats. Jason Grimsley won two World Series titles with the New York Yankees.
Tonight the HarbourCats play the Medford Rouges at Royal Athletic Park. Game time is 7:11 p.m.