‘First Pitch’ Hosts Benefit at Theater

In a late-breaking announcement, Vida Blue was added to the list of diginitaries who will appear at the First Pitch Benefit next Thursday. Courtesy photo

The carefree summer days when you’d put on your team T-shirt and meet your pals in the park to play baseball are back. The Alameda T-Shirt League invites the public to its "First Pitch Benefit Party" on Thursday, March 20, at the Alameda Theater and Cineplex, 2311 Central Ave. VIP seating starts at 6 p.m.; doors open for general admission at 7 p.m.

A team of local notables — Kevin Kearney, Kevin Kennedy, Eric Cross, ‘Lil’ Arnerich, Kyle Conner, Adrienne Alexander, John Costello, Ken Robles, Cindi LaCroix and Bill Sonneman — joined forces to start the T-Shirt League. They worked with the Alameda Recreation & Park Department and the Friends of the Parks Foundation. In keeping with the tradition of the original T-Shirt League, the Alameda Elks Lodge #1015 has generously stepped forward to sponsor the new league.

They have scheduled the first pitch for this summer. Boys and girls can sign up to join a team and play ball at Tillman, Bayport, Franklin, Lincoln and Washington parks. The program will provide T-shirts, equipment and supervision free of charge.

Tickets ($50 for the full VIP treatment or $10 for general admission) include pre-show live entertainment and a special presentation of Ken Robles’ documentary film "Play Ball." The film chronicles the story of a simpler time when kids played baseball in Alameda for the sheer love of the game.

First Pitch will treat VIP guests to free drinks, wine or beer and appetizers on the theater’s mezzanine. VIPs will also enjoy exclusive seating in the balcony. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis and must be purchased prior to the event. They are available at the theater’s box office or online at www.AlamedaTheatres.com. Proceeds will benefit the T-Shirt League.