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VIDEO: Remembering When Catholic Nun Sister Mary Jo Sobieck Threw Out a Perfect First Pitch to This White Sox Game

Tristan Jung
This pitch was immaculate.
This pitch was immaculate. / David Banks/Getty Images
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Every pitcher wants to throw a first-pitch strike, and Sister Mary Jo Sobieck is no different. In August 2018, she went viral after throwing the first pitch before a Chicago White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals game.

The White Sox were hosting Marian Catholic Night at Guaranteed Rate Field, where students and faculty enjoyed a night at the ballpark. After a performance by the Marian Catholic marching band, Sister Mary Jo, a theology teacher at the school, came out to throw the first pitch.

With no hesitation, she showed off her skills by first bouncing the ball off her bicep. Slick. Then, she calmly threw a clean strike to the catcher before celebrating.

The pitch was a true gem. It's not clear whether it was a changeup or curveball, but it's clear she has a great arm. Sister Mary Jo had coached sports for years at the school, and they clearly picked the right person to throw out the first pitch. When White Sox manager Rick Renteria saw her throw bullets from 45 feet before the game he asked, "can you play for us?"

Sister Mary Jo's exploits quickly made the rounds on social media. Her effort even earned her a limited edition Topps baseball card and an appearance at the 2019 ESPYs. The card sports the number 60, which she says is her fastball velocity.

Sister Mary Jo continues to teach at Marian Catholic in Chicago Heights.


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