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Phillies Tab Philadelphia Champions to Throw Out First Pitch of Game 3

Adam Taylor McKillop
The Phillies tab a quartet of Philadelphia champions to throw out the ceremonial first pitch ahead of Game 3 of the 2022 World Series.
The Phillies tab a quartet of Philadelphia champions to throw out the ceremonial first pitch ahead of Game 3 of the 2022 World Series. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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World Series baseball returns to Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia on Monday night. The Phillies return home for Game 3 of the Fall Classic and the series notched at one game apiece.

This marks the first World Series home game Philadelphia has played since 2009, and the city is taking the celebration to new heights. The Phillies announced four former Philadelphia city sports champions will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

The group includes Baseball Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt, NBA Hall of Famer Julius Erving, Hockey Hall of Famer Bernie Parent and current Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham.

Schmidt, one of the greatest baseball players in Phillies franchise history, walked away with the World Series MVP trophy back in 1980. This was part of an impressive 18-year career in which the Phillies legend tallied 2,234 hits, 548 home runs and 12 All-Star appearances.

Erving's accomplishments need no repeating. The 16-time All-Star won an 1983 NBA Championship with the 76ers and will be forever immortalized as Dr. J.

Parent spent a decade playing for the Philadelphia Flyers across the 1960s and 70s. He was elected to the NHL Hall of Fame after two Stanley Cup titles.

Graham is the only active athlete in this group. A key member of the Eagles' Super Bowl LII team, Graham led the champions with 9.5 regular season sacks.

It'll be a special night for the city of Philadelphia. Game 3's official first pitch is set for 8:03 p.m. ET on Monday night, and Philly fans will want to tune in a few minutes early to catch the pregame ceremony.

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