Bob Costas Explains How Ozzie Smith Saved his Ceremonial 1st Pitch

The former KMOX broadcaster and now Baseball Hall of Famer was very thankful that Ozzie still has his Gold Glove-winning hands.

November 15, 2018 - 12:24 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - In June, Bob Costas' was honored at Busch Stadium as he would soon be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame for being named the Ford C. Frick Award winner this year. He was asked and accepted the opportunity to throw a ceremonial first pitch, which nearly became a disaster if it wasn't for another Hall of Famer. 

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Costas was a studio guest on The Charlie Brennan Show, Thursday and he told the story of how former St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Ozzie Smith saved him from a lot of embarrassment. You can hear him tell the story in the video above.

The only thing smoother than the save by Smith, might have been what he told Costas after the throw: 

"Luckily in his early 60's he still has the reflexes, otherwise this could have been disastrous," Costas says. "And as I walked toward him and shook his hand and smiled, he says, 'That's what I do.'"

You can see the throw, courtesy of Fox Sports Midwest: