Hailey Dawson throws out the ceremonial first pitch before game four of the 2017 World Series between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Minute Maid Park.

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Hailey Dawson Continues Her First-Pitch Dream At Busch Stadium This Week

The Cardinals have invited her to throw out the first pitch – with her 3D printed hand – before this Wednesday's game.

June 11, 2018 - 11:58 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The St. Louis Cardinals are helping 8-year-old Hailey Dawson continue her dream of throwing out the first pitch in all 30 MLB ballparks. She's expected to cross Busch Stadium off her list this Wednesday, when the Cardinals host the San Diego Padres at 7:15 p.m.

Her story became national news after a video from BleacherReport went viral in 2017. That's when Dexter Fowler invited her to throw a pitch before a Cardinals game. The St. Louis right fielder tweeted at her Twitter account "@haileys_hand" and then the Cardinals put her on the schedule. 

Fowler said he had previously met her at a Las Vegas-area mall. Dawson and Fowler both call Las Vegas home. 

Dawson was born with a rare condition called Poland Syndrome, which caused muscles to underdevelop and is why she is missing some of her fingers. Her new hand was designed by students at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. 

Her first-pitch dream began after she started throwing out pitches before UNLV baseball games. She started with the Baltimore Orioles in 2015, then crossed off the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros last year: 

This season she's scheduled to finish the other 27:

Where Hailey has pitched and where she will pitch. . . . . . . #haileyshand #polandsyndrome #journeyto30 #mlb #baseball #3d #3dprinting #inspire #unlv

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