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Ali to throw out first ASG pitch
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07/07/2004  8:05 PM ET
Ali to throw out first ASG pitch
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HOUSTON -- Major League Baseball has confirmed that boxing legend Muhammad Ali will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the 75th All-Star Game at Minute Maid Park on July 13.

Ali's fights are at the top of the list of the biggest sporting events to take place at Houston's Astrodome. He won four boxing matches at the Eighth Wonder of the World, defeating Cleveland Williams on Nov. 14, 1966, Ernie Terrell on Feb. 6, 1967, Jimmy Ellis on July 26, 1971 and Buster Mathis on Nov. 17, 1971.

This will be the first time Ali has thrown out a ceremonial first pitch at a baseball game, but he is no stranger to commemorating major sporting events. Most recently, the boxing icon lit the cauldron at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

Ali will throw the first of two ceremonial first pitches. Pamela Washburn of Conyers, Ga., won the honor as the grand prize winner of the Ameriquest All-Star Ballot sweepstakes, which was held in each of the 30 Major League stadiums.

Alyson Footer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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