WASHINGTON (Circa) — An 8-year-old girl from Las Vegas with a prosthetic hand became the first person to throw the opening pitch at all 30 Major League ballparks on Sunday as the Los Angeles Angels faced off against the Seattle Mariners.
Hailey Dawson’s “Journey to 30” began over a year ago with a big dream and an even bigger love for baseball.
Since then, she’s traveled the country. Each MLB franchise has given her a new 3D-printed hand emblazoned with its logo.
Sunday’s game was especially memorable for Hailey. Jim Abbott, a former MLB left-handed pitcher who was born without a right hand, was beside her.
Hailey received her first robotic hand when she was 4 years old.
She was born with Poland syndrome, a rare birth defect that left her right hand with only a pinkie and a thumb.
Hailey’s journey began in 2015 when she threw the first pitch at a Baltimore Orioles game.
Her “Journey for 30” began with the help of Bryce Harper, who assisted in her second pitch when the Washington Nationals played the Texas Rangers on June 11, 2017.