Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer will throw out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium on May 8, when the team takes on the Baltimore Orioles in what is being dubbed “Ohio State Night”. The news was reported on the New York Yankees’ official website.
Meyer will be the second Big Ten football coach to throw out the first pitch at The House That Ruth Built this season. Penn State’s James Franklin will do the same tomorrow night after leading the Nittany Lions to a stunning overtime win in the Pinstripe Bowl, which has been annually held at Yankee Stadium since 2010.
This is also significant because longtime Yankees owner George Steinbrenner was a graduate assistant under longtime Buckeyes head coach Woody Hayes while a grad student at Ohio State. Steinbrenner also grew up in Rocky River, Ohio, just outside of Cleveland.
Meyer and his Buckeyes shocked the college football world this season, going 14-1 and earning the No. 4 seed in the BCS playoff. After defeating the ever dangerous Alabama Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl, the team defeated Marcus Mariota and the Oregon Ducks in the national championship game.
In three seasons at Ohio State, Meyer has gone 38-3 and is undefeated in Big Ten play. He owns a career mark of 142-26 in a coaching career that also includes stints at Bowling Green, Utah, and Florida.
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