Cal senior-to-be Ryan Murphy will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Sunday at a game between the Oakland Athletics and Detroit Tigers at the O.co Coliseum.
Murphy, a member of the USA Swimming National Team, is the two-time defending CSCAA National, and Pac-12 Conference, Swimmer of the Year. He’s also the three-time defending NCAA Champion in the 100 and 200 yard backstrokes, and will be seeking a perfect sweep of both events in March.
Murphy is not the first swimmer to throw out a pitch at a Major League Baseball game. In 2014. Cal men’s swimming & diving head coach Dave Durden also threw out a first pitch at an A’s game, while former world Record holder Katie Hoff opened a Tampa Bay Rays game around the same time. In 2015, Cullen Jones and Conor Dwyer threw out the first pitch together at a Chicago Cubs game in Wrigley Field, and also led the 7th inning stretch.
Teenage phenom Reece Whitley threw out the first pitch at a Phildaelphia Phillies game in April of this year, and north of the border, Canadian National Teamer, and NCAA Champion, Brittany MacLean threw out the first pitch at a Toronto Blue Jays game in 2014.