Five Eagles Participate in Oldtime Baseball Game Pregame ceremonies honor Pete Frates's fight against ALS
Frates playing first for the first pitch.
Aug. 14, 2012
Cambridge, Mass. - Five members of the Boston College Athletics community participated in the 19th Annual Injured Workers Pharmacy Oldtime Baseball Game at St. Peter's Field on Monday night. Head baseball coach Mike Gambino, players Matt Paré and John Gorman, director of baseball operations and former captain Pete Frates and former basketball standout and current analyst for WEEI, Malcolm Huckaby all took part in the game.
Players wear a collection of flannel uniforms that represent virtually every era in baseball history. The event is free and the money raised from sponsorship benefits a charity each year. This year's game benefitted the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts.
Prior to the start, Frates was honored for his fight to find a cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), which he was diagnosed with March 2012 at the age of 27. After speeches by Gambino and Frates, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington surprised Frates with a new jersey, presenting him with a Boston No. 3 replica to replace his Ted Williams No. 9 uniform. Frates has worn the number three his entire baseball career, but the only No. 3 replica the Oldtime committee had was too small.
Cherington then gave the Williams jersey to Frates' teammate, Sean "Skip" Flanagan, who plays for the Rochester Institute of Technology and is the Oldtime Game's first deaf player. Williams is Flanagan's baseball hero, Cherington said.
Frates played the first pitch of the game at first base. Originally, he was to be replaced by incoming BC freshman Chris Shaw, but Shaw could not make the game because his summer league team, the Nashua Silver Knights, had a playoff game. Frates and Shaw were teammates with the Intercity League Lexington Blue Sox. When Frates was taken out, both teams came to meet him and he got a standing ovation from the crowd.
Sophomore Gorman pitched the first two innings for the home team, striking out the last four batters he faced. Gambino tallied a hit off local Jeff Allison and was hit by a pitch his second time up. Senior Paré caught the first four innings, but did not record a hit and Huckaby hit a long, fly ball to left in his first at bat but it did not drop in. The home team did end up winning the game, 6-0.