Hall of Famer Frank Robinson threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Saturday's championship game of the second annual President's Cup -- the high school baseball tournament conceived by Baltimore City Council president Jack Young.
Robinson met with the players and coaches from both Mount St. Joseph and Gilman before the game and took part in the pre-game ceremonies at Oriole Park one week before he'll be back here for the unveiling of his statue behind center field.
He said he's still getting used to the thought that he'll be permanently enshrined in the ballpark.
"It's a tremendous honor,'' he said. "It's something you don't think about when you're playing. This came out of the blue."
Robinson isn't the only former Oriole in attendance. Former O's outfielder Larry Sheets coaches the Gilman team, which features Ryan Ripken and Gavin Sheets. Cal Ripken and former O's pitchers Ken Dixon and John Miller also are in the dugout. Former O's catcher Chris Hoiles, whose Hoiles/Gladstone Group helped sponsor the event, also is in the house.
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