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Magic Johnson slings slick ceremonial first pitch at minor-league game

Magic Johnson put on an impressive display on the mound while recently tossing a brilliant ceremonial first pitch before a minor-league ballgame.

The NBA legend, Hall of Famer and co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers was at CaroMont Health Park in North Carolina Thursday to handle first-pitch duties for the Gastonia Honey Hunters of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, which is a “partner league” of Major League Baseball. Johnson was on hand to support friend Brandon Bellamy, who is the first African American majority owner of a minor-league baseball team, per Spartans Wire.

Johnson shared video of his slick ceremonial first pitch and images from the day at the ballpark on Twitter.

There is alway potential for embarrassing disaster to unfold whenever a celebrity steps on the mound to toss a ceremonial first pitch. One the more recent humiliating instances came in last summer when National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci toed the rubber before a Washington Nationals game. The results were … not good, to put it mildly.

Fauci of course is not alone in the ever-growing pantheon of poor souls who have been mocked and ridiculed over horrific first pitches, with 50 Cent arguably heading up the group with perhaps the worst one of all time.

With all that in mind, Johnson deserves well-earned kudos by avoiding humiliation thanks to his terrific, near-perfect toss.