Olympic medalists McKayla Maroney and Meb Keflezighi are featured in the 2015 Topps baseball card set due out Feb. 6.
A 15-card “First Pitch” subset of ceremonial first pitches is part of the card series this year.
Maroney, part of the 2012 U.S. Olympic champion women’s gymnastics team, threw an acrobatic first pitch at a Chicago White Sox game on Aug. 1, ahead of the Secret U.S. Classic in Hoffman Estates, Ill. Maroney didn’t compete last year after undergoing March knee surgery.
Keflezighi, the 2004 Olympic marathon silver medalist, tossed his pitch at a Boston Red Sox game on April 23, after winning the Boston Marathon.
Here’s the full checklist followed by images of the cards, via Topps:
Jeff Bridges — Los Angeles Dodgers
Jack White — Detroit Tigers
McKayla Maroney — Chicago White Sox
Eddie Vedder — Chicago Cubs
Biz Markie — Oakland Athletics
Agnes McKee — San Diego Padres
Austin Mahone — Atlanta Braves
Jermaine Jones — Los Angeles Dodgers
Tom Willis — Baltimore Orioles
Graham Elliot — Chicago Cubs
Tom Morello — Chicago Cubs
Macklemore — Seattle Mariners
Suzy – Los Angeles Dodgers
50 Cent – New York Mets
Meb Keflezighi — Boston Red Sox
He competed in one Olympics, and that year was named Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year while a student at Abilene Christian. He beat out Mickey Mantle and Floyd Patterson.
“Bobby had a fluidity of motion like nothing I’d ever seen,” Oliver Jackson, the Abilene Christian coach, said, according to Sports Illustrated in 2000. “He could run a 220 with a root beer float on his head and never spill a drop. I made an adjustment to his start when Bobby was a freshman. After that, my only advice to him was to change his major from sciences to speech, because he’d be destined to make a bunch of them.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Johnny Gregorek runs fastest blue jeans mile in history
Johnny Gregorek, a U.S. Olympic hopeful runner, clocked what is believed to be the fastest mile in history for somebody wearing jeans.
Gregorek recorded a reported 4 minutes, 6.25 seconds, on Saturday to break the record by more than five seconds (with a pacer for the first two-plus laps). Gregorek, after the record run streamed live on his Instagram, said he wore a pair of 100 percent cotton Levi’s.
Gregorek, the 28-year-old son of a 1980 and 1984 U.S. Olympic steeplechaser, finished 10th in the 2017 World Championships 1500m. He was sixth at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials.
He ranked No. 1 in the country for the indoor mile in 2019, clocking 3:49.98. His outdoor mile personal best is 3:52.94, ranking him 30th in American history.
Before the attempt, a fundraiser was started for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, garnering more than $29,000. Gregorek ran in memory of younger brother Patrick, who died suddenly in March 2019.
“Paddy was a fan of anything silly,” Gregorek posted. “I think an all out mile in jeans would tickle him sufficiently!”