The ceremonial first pitch is one of the oldest traditions in baseball history, dating back to the late 19th century.
It is an honor that has been bestowed upon a wide array of celebrities and dignitaries, including U.S. presidents. A nun even tossed the ceremonial first pitch last week during the American League Championship Series in Houston.
The 2021 World Series begins Tuesday in Houston, where the Astros will host the Atlanta Braves, and MLB and Heritage Auctions is offering a lucky fan the opportunity to throw out. the first pitch during the Fall Classic.
Stand Up To Cancer, which raises funds for cancer research, has partnered with MLB and Heritage to offer a rare opportunity to throw out a ceremonial first pitch prior to a 2021 World Series game. The First Pitch package is the highlight of Heritage’s Bid 2 End Cancer Auction, which began Oct. 1 and closes Tuesday Oct. 26.
The package features a VIP World Series experience, including four tickets to a World Series game. The winning bidder and three guests will receive first-class airfare, ground transportation and hotel rooms as well as the opportunity to be a part of a VIP meet-and-greet arranged by MLB.
The winning bidder will throw out the first pitch and then watch the contest from premium seats along with three guests. The winner will be able to keep the first pitch baseball as a memento of the special moment.
The Bid 2 End Cancer Auction also features impressive baseball memorabilia from MLB and its teams, including signed and game-worn jerseys from some of baseball's biggest names. Proceeds from the auction will support Stand Up To Cancer's innovative cancer research programs.
"Stand Up To Cancer is excited to collaborate with Major League Baseball on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to throw a ceremonial first pitch at this year's World Series," said SU2C Co-Founder Rusty Robertson. "MLB as our founding donor has always shared our out-of-the-box thinking when it comes to eradicating cancer and engaging the public. From our iconic placard moment to their gift to throw out the first pitch, MLB has been an extraordinary partner in the fight against cancer."
"Major League Baseball is proud to be an original and longstanding partner of Stand Up To Cancer, an organization whose groundbreaking research is literally saving lives,” MLB Chief Revenue Officer Noah Garden said. “The Stand Up Moments at our jewel events are some of the best highlights of our seasons, and we are thrilled to add this new component to our Fall Classic.”
"Heritage Auctions has been enormously proud to partner with Stand Up to Cancer and Major League Baseball to raise money for cancer research," said Heritage Sports founder and president Chris Ivy. "This collaboration has allowed us to bring top-tier sports collectibles to fans around the world, and we're beyond thrilled that we can cap this momentous event with the unrivaled opportunity to throw out the first pitch at a World Series game."
For more information on the Bid 2 End Cancer auction, go to StandUpToCancer.org/Auction.
Heritage is also conducting its Oct. 23 Sports Showcase Auction, which features rare cards of such sports legends as Babe Ruth, Sandy Koufax and Bill Russell as well as signed and game-worn jerseys of Goose Gossage, Lee Smith, Fernando Tatis Jr. and other MLB stars.