Greater Cleveland Sports Commission

First Pitch of Summer

Join the heart of the community. Be a part of history.

First Pitch of Summer, presented by Progressive and KeyBank, celebrates Cleveland’s rich baseball heritage with 1,000 community members "pitching" a baseball from the historic League Park to the modern Progressive Field. The baseball will travel approximately three miles, tossed from one person to the next, on a journey to become the ball used for the ceremonial first pitch in the Cleveland Indians vs. New York Yankees game on June 8.

In true Cleveland fashion, we're making a party out of the event. League Park will be the hub, with a festival leading off the event at 10 a.m., complete with music, roaming entertainment, baseball-themed games and displays, vendors, food trucks, health resources, Baseball Heritage Museum tours and autograph sessions with Cleveland Indians legends. Keep an eye out for Slider and other mascots throughout the pitch route. You never know who you'll see!

First Pitch of Summer festival and celebration is open to the community and free of charge. Those who wish to be a part of the pitch relay must be registered to participate. Registration is now available on this website and will soon be available through various City of Cleveland Recreation Centers.

"Bases" will be set up along the pitch route. These are pre-arranged gathering places with refreshments, viewing opportunities, event staff, restrooms, entertainment, and parking available.

Base locations:

  • Home Base: League Park (6601 Lexington Ave.)
  • First Base: 3rd District Cleveland Police Station (4501 Chester Ave.)
  • Second Base: Jakprints (3133 Chester Ave.)
  • Third Base: Cleveland State University, Wolstein Center (Corner of E. 21st Street and Prospect Ave.)

You do not need to register to attend the festival at League Park; only to participate in the pitch relay. Registration includes one of 1,000 spots spread throughout the three-mile baseball relay route during First Pitch of Summer. Registration will allow you the chance to be a part of a historic moment celebrating summer baseball in Cleveland. Please note: We anticipate to fill all available spots along the route - registration allows our staff to prepare for all attendees.

Registrants for the pitch relay will receive an event t-shirt, access to the festival at League Park and two tickets to a Cleveland Indians home game in September.

First Pitch of Summer will take place rain or shine, and will only be canceled in the case of severe weather.

Media is welcome and encouraged to attend.

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