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Go To Bat for Kids provides unforgettable memories for kids

Carlos Williams threw out the first pitch at the St. Louis Cardinals’ game on April 20. Carlos had been selected through Catholic Charities of St. Louis’ Go to Bat for Kids campaign.

With three curved fingers hooked on top, and a thumb positioned underneath, Carlos Williams demonstrated how he held the baseball for his first-ever major-league pitch.

The 7-year-old threw the first pitch at the St. Louis Cardinals game April 20 as part of Catholic Charities of St. Louis' Go to Bat for Kids campaign.

Later, Carlos showed off his newly prized possession, the ball signed by Cardinals pitcher Matt Bowman.

"That's how he told me to throw it," Carlos said of his expert advice. "And I was the only one that got to throw that ball."

Serra Club night at Cards game is fun but also a pitch for vocations


There was no mistaking the pitchers on the mound for St. Louis Cardinals players, even though they're part of an organization with plenty of cardinals.

Wearing her full habit as a Carmelite Sister of the Divine Heart of Jesus and wearing his Roman collar with black pants and shirt, Sister Maria Josefa Kreienkamp and Father John Schneier took turns in an honorary "first pitch" ceremony before the baseball Cardinals game at Busch Stadium Sept. 25.

FAITHFUL FAN | Cardinals players are a hit for outreach to children

Baseball and softball combined to rank as the team sport with the most participation in 2016, according to the annual report by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association.

SLU, sports teams help rescue children’s holiday program

St. Louis University has joined two pro sports franchises in St. Louis and others to rescue a children's charity event and fill the void left in St. Louis when the Rams football team moved to Los Angeles.

"We're reminded of the great potential of our youth of our community, and that potential can only be actualized when we have great partners in the community who come forward and show compassion and support," said Jesuit Father Chris Collins, assistant to the president for mission and identity at St. Louis University.

Faithful Fan | Service, faith and baseball

Joseph Kenny

The example of a Catholic athlete who put his faith into action is as close as an Italian restaurant from the main street in the "Hill" neighborhood of south St. Louis.

I'm referring to former athlete and sports broadcaster Joe Garagiola, who grew up on Elizabeth Avenue on the "Hill" and died March 23 at age 90. Like his boyhood buddy and fellow ballplayer Yogi Berra, also from the "Hill," he maintained his love for the Catholic faith and his family's parish, St. Ambrose.

FAITHFUL FAN | Cards’ manager, broadcaster give witness to value of life

Joseph Kenny

St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, a four-time Gold Glove award winner as a catcher during his playing days, is known off the field for his Catch 22 Foundation.

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