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Clemente World Series returns to McDonough

From Staff Reports

On Wednesday, July 20, 2005, eight teams consisting of approximately one hundred and sixty players combined, forty coaches, family members and friends will arrive in McDonough to participate in the 2005 Roberto Clemente World Series. This will mark the fifth consecutive year the event has been held in McDonough. The World Series will take place at Richard Craig Park on Zack Hinton Parkway.

Upon arrival, the seven and eight year olds and coaches will be introduced to the host City with a reception starting at 5:00 pm on the square. Mayor Richard Craig and other City officials will extend a warm welcome to the World Series participants as they receive their first taste of McDonough. McDonald's famous mascot, Ronald McDonald, will attend the Wednesday afternoon reception. Ronald's appearance is courtesy of the McDonald's locations in Henry County.

All Star Sporting Goods, Inc. will sponsor an infield/outfield competition and a homerun derby for World Series players Thursday, July 21st, beginning at 10:00 am at Richard Craig Park. The derby is free to the public. Actual games will begin at 5:30 pm on Thursday. Mayor Craig will throw out the first ball, and baseball legend Hank Aaron will throw out the first pitch at 6:00 pm. Other local dignitaries, including State Representative Steve Davis, will also throw out a first pitch for games during World Series play.

Tickets will be available starting Wednesday, July 13th, at the McDonough Welcome Center on the Square and at all locations of Moye's Pharmacy. Tickets are $5.00 per round of games (morning, afternoon or evening) or $20 for the entire Series.