Marlins' Class A team honors Lucille Ball
Posted on: August 5, 2011 7:08 pm
Edited on: August 6, 2011 2:45 pm
By Evan Brunell
On Wednesday, the Marlins' low-Class A team honored Lucille Ball by becoming the Jamestown Lucy Desis for a night, FoxSportsFlorida.com reports.
Ball was the star of I Love Lucy, a television show that aired from 1951-60 and is considered one of the greatest shows of all-time. Ball's 100th birthday would have been Aug. 6 had she not passed in 1989 of heart problems. The Jamestown Jammers renamed themselves for a night and donned uniforms with the names "Lucy" and "Desi" on the front of the jersey, above two photos of Ball and husband Desi Arnaz, who also performed on I Love Lucy and was married to Ball for 20 years. (Photo from the Jamestown Jammers, courtesy FoxSportsFlorida.com.)
"This is a great way for the local baseball team to tie in with another local icon: Lucille Ball," Jammers GM Matt Drayer said. "It's a great cross promotion where we can celebrate Lucy's birthday around the American pastime of baseball."
On the back of the jersey, there was a logo depicting the 100th anniversary of Ball's birth as well as the player's uniform number. Caps had a red heart inserted behind the Jammers' team logo. The celebration will continue through Sunday, with Joan Rivers and Paula Poundstone performing. On Saturday, the city will try to set a world record for most people dressed as Ball's character on her show, Lucy Ricardo.
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