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Stephen W Berger

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Stephen Berger (born August 23, 1976) is a former baseball player. Berger was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 1994 Major League Baseball draft.[1] Instead of signing a professional contract, he chose to attend Ohio University on a baseball scholarship. He represented Ohio in the 1994 U.S. Olympic Festival held in St. Louis Missouri. He was inducted into the Clay High School (Oregon, Ohio) Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015 for his athletic achievements.[2]

While attending a Cleveland Indians game at Progressive Field on May 31, 1994, Berger participated in the official Indians Speed Pitch contest and recorded a pitch of 92 miles per hour. Berger's record stood through the remainder of the season, which earned him the opportunity to throw out a ceremonial first pitch at an Indians game during the 1994 season. However, due to the Major League Baseball Strike that went into effect on August 12, 1994, the remainder of the Cleveland Indians season was cancelled and Berger was never able to claim his prize. 24 years later, the Indians honored his prize and he threw out ceremonial first pitch for Cleveland Indians vs Milwaukee Brewers on June 6, 2018.[3] [4] [5] [6]


  1. http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/profile.asp?ID=71940
  2. J Patrick Eakon, "Clay’s 1979 state championship baseball team inducted", Oregon Metro Press, September 8, 2015
  3. David Briggs, "Better late than never, former Clay star Berger to throw out first pitch at Indians game", The Toledo Blade, June 3, 2018
  4. Justin Feldkamp, "Berger's first pitch, take two", 13 ABC Toledo, June 12, 2018
  5. Mark Kuntz, "Clay Grad Throws First Pitch 24 Years In The Making", Buckeye Cable Sports Network, June 8, 2018
  6. Alex Kamczyc, "Contest Winner Throws First Pitch After 24-Year Wait", Cleveland Magazine, June 5, 2018

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