07/10/2004 12:56 PM ET
Ceremonial first pitch, anthem singers announced for 75th MLB All-Star Game
Muhammad Ali to participate in first pitch ceremony, American Idol winner Fantasia to perform U.S. anthem
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali and two Houston-area Boys & Girls Club members will participate in pre-game ceremonies for the 75th Major League Baseball All-Star Game on July 13 in Houston.
Newly crowned American Idol winner and J Records recording artist Fantasia will perform the U.S. National Anthem prior to the Midsummer Classic. Pre-game ceremonies and the 75th Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be broadcast live on FOX. Boys & Girls Clubs of America is the official charity of Major League Baseball.
Ali was a 1960 Olympic gold medalist and a three-time heavyweight champion who accumulated a career record of 56-5 with 37 knockouts. He was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace in 2000 and is an alumnus of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Louisville, Kentucky. Ali, who will be escorted by his 13 year-old son, Asaad, will deliver two baseballs to the mound for the Houston-area Boys & Girls Club members to throw the ceremonial first pitches.
Fantasia's debut single, "I Believe," recently debuted at number one, and currently ranks in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
Gord Downie from the Canadian band The Tragically Hip will perform the Canadian National Anthem prior to the game.
American Idol's second-season winner, Ruben Studdard, will sing God Bless America during the seventh inning stretch of the Midsummer Classic. Studdard's J Records release, Soulful, debuted at number one on Billboard's Top 200 album chart and remained in the top 10 for more than nine weeks after its December 2003 release. The album featured the top ten hit single "Sorry 2004," and the Grammy nominated song "Superstar."
The 75th Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be played on July 13, 2004 at Minute Maid Park in Houston. The game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports and televised around the world by Major League Baseball International, with pre-game ceremonies beginning at 8:00 p.m. EDT. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive, national radio coverage, while MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage and MLB.com Radio will provide exclusive play-by-play coverage of the game on the Internet.