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Twins share footage of Mary Tyler Moore throwing out first pitch in 2002 (vid)

The world lost a true Hollywood legend and beloved, respected woman when Mary Tyler Moore passed away Wednesday at the age of 80. While the actress didn’t seem to get much involved with the world of sports, there was a night in 2002 where she was the star of the show at a Minnesota Twins ballgame.

Tyler of course has always been looked upon fondly in Minnesota, as her character Mary Richards called Minneapolis home in the iconic sitcom “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” So much so, in fact, there is a statue in downtown Minneapolis celebrating Moore¬† tossing up her hat into the air in the iconic opening credits of the show.

The official unveiling of the statue was held in May of 2002, so Moore paid a visit to the Twin Cities to be part of the ceremony. She also found time to stop by the Metrodome on May 2 to throw out a ceremonial first pitch.

In light of her passing, the Twins posted video of her first pitch to Twitter Thursday morning.

Before performing the ceremonial first pitch duties, Moore even tossed her Twins cap in the air, a fitting nod, indeed.

While the video doesn’t show the result of Moore’s pitch — although her form was impressive — the announcer can be heard calling out “Strike” so let’s assume Moore really zipped one in there. Twins beat writer La Velle E. Neal III writes of the moment:

Then Moore showed that really prepared for the role. With Twins manager Ron Gardenhire squatting behind home plate, Moore checked the imaginary runner at first, checked the imaginary runner at third,¬† lifted her right leg, rocked and heaved a pitch that broke over the plate and into Gardenhire’s glove for a strike. The crowd roared as the 65-year old Moore clapped her hands.

Sounds just like her, right?

[Star Tribune]