BALTIMORE - Gallaudet University baseball head coach Curtis Pride will participate in the Baltimore Orioles' Celebrate Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Day at Oriole Park on Thursday, July 26. The Orioles play host to the Tampa Bay Rays at 7:05 p.m.
Coach Pride will catch the ceremonial first pitch from Laura Owens, President of TransCen in Rockville, Md. TransCen is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving education and employment for youth with disabilities.
Pride, a Maryland native who was born deaf, played in 421 Major League games across parts of 11 seasons. He has served as MLB's Ambassador for Inclusion since January 2016. He has coached Gallaudet's baseball program for the past 10 seasons where the Bison have won 136 games and 59 conference games.
"The Orioles are honored to host Celebrate ADA Day on the 28th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. This milestone event in American history has helped to expand opportunities for people with disabilities throughout the nation," said Greg Bader, Orioles Vice President of Communications and Marketing. "The Orioles are proud to recognize this historic event assuring civil rights for everyone with disabilities. We strive to create a ballpark experience that welcomes all fans, and our club will continue to expand upon the ways in which all individuals can enjoy the magic of Orioles Baseball at historic Camden Yards."
Pride, who has been deaf since birth, played in 421 Major League games across parts of 11 seasons (1993, 1995-2001, 2003-2006) as an outfielder. The Maryland native finished with a .250 career batting average, 20 home runs and 82 RBI after playing for the Montreal Expos, the Detroit Tigers, the Boston Red Sox, the Atlanta Braves, the New York Yankees and the Anaheim/Los Angeles Angels. The College of William & Mary product was a regular season contributor to four Clubs that reached the postseason and played in the 2004 Division Series with the American League West Champion Angels. The 421 games are by far the most played by a deaf player since William Hoy ended his Major League career more than 110 years ago in 1902. Pride is a proud graduate of The College of William and Mary (Class of 1990).