#Shortstops: Around the World in 122 Days
On March 10, the baseball began a world-wide tour, becoming the ceremonial first pitch baseball at 14 events in 12 countries, traveling more than 50,000 miles before arriving in Seattle. The ball was autographed by a number of different people, including Hall of Famers Juan Marichal and Tony Pérez, along with Roberto Clemente’s wife, Vera, as well as official representatives at each event.
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The baseball and its case traveled to most of the continents in four months and helped to spread the reach of the game internationally.
Cassidy Lent is the manager of reference services at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum