This little girl has big baseball dreams.
Hailey Dawson, a 7-year-old from Las Vegas who uses a 3-D printed hand, wants to break the world record for the number of ceremonial first pitches at every Major League Baseball stadium — and teams are lining up to let her in.
Dawson has a congenital disease called Poland Syndrome that caused her to be born without the three middle fingers of her right hand.
Hailey Dawson throws out the first pitch using an Orioles-themed 3-D printed hand at a Baltimore Orioles Game in 2015.
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Dawson has a 3-D printed “flexy” hand, created by University of Nevada Las Vegas’s engineering program, which allows her to write and even play t-ball with her dominant right hand. The prosthetic, which Dawson has worn since she was four, is made with hard plastic digits and held together and controlled by fishing wire. She has about 6 different hands for different purposes.
Her condition hasn’t stopped the sporty girl from aspiring to hold the Guinness World Record for the most number of first pitches and it looks like the MLB will help her make that happen.
She’s already thrown the first pitch at two Major League games, for the Baltimore Orioles in August of 2015 and a Washington Nationals game this past June.
“Maybe she can throw one out in every Major League ballpark,” Dawson’s mom, Yong, told SportTechie.com in July. “That’s what I’m going to work on this summer.”
When Bleacher Report posted a video on Thursday about Dawson wanting to throw the first pitch at every ballpark, several Major League teams enthusiastically asked how to get her contact information so she could come to their stadium.
“Absolutely!” the New York Mets Twitter account replied. “Please DM us Hailey’s info, so we can get in touch with her.”
“Looks like we need to get you to Fenway, Hailey,” tweeted the Boston Red Sox account.
More than half of the remaining baseball teams have already reached out to try to schedule Dawson at a game, including the Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers, the Minnesota Twins, the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Florida Mariners, the San Diego Padres, the Oakland A’s and the San Francisco Giants.
Even non Major League teams are asking Dawson to come to their stadium, like the Florida Gators, a college team, and the Sacramento River Cats, a minor league team.