Ryan Murphy to Throw Out First Pitch at Oakland A’s Game

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.


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4 years ago

Can we get Clayton Kershaw to be starter for first race at Olympic Trials? Some marketing and promotion could help the sport!

Reply to  Charlotte
4 years ago

I enjoyed watching football stars give out awards during NCAAs. I like that idea of having different people be starters!

Reply to  PKWater
4 years ago

I can’t believe that got Calvin Johnson

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4 years ago

I’m predicting 101.7 mph

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4 years ago

Should only take him about 51 seconds to handle everything on the mound.

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4 years ago

I predict he throws it so badly the catcher can’t snag it

4 years ago

I predict Dave Durden has a heart attack during the first pitch while worrying that Ryan will injure his shoulder and miss the Olympics.

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