Sunday, June 02, 2002

Baseball 90210

By Neil Schmidt,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Ohio native, actor Luke Perry talks with Ken Griffey Jr. before the Reds baseball game against Atlanta.
(Brandi Stafford photo)
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        Luke Perry said he had a choice of ballparks in which to re-enact Lou Gehrig's famous farewell speech for Baseball's Project A.L.S. ceremonies Saturday. Having grown up in Fredericktown, Ohio, a small town about 50 miles north of Columbus, the actor picked Cincinnati.

        “Are you kidding? Growing up in Ohio in the '70s? I was a big Reds fan,” Perry said.

        Perry said he played the game growing up, including a couple of years at Fredericktown High.

        The Reds needed a volunteer to catch Perry's first pitch. Ken Griffey Jr., whom Perry said is an acquaintance from years past, volunteered.

        “You know us Hollywood types; we stick together,” Griffey said.


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