Harold Baines to catch first pitch at White Sox game in bid to grow Illinois organ donor registry

Harold Baines White Sox
Hall of Fame White Sox player Harold Baines will catch the first pitch at Wednesday's White Sox game. Photo credit Brad White/Getty Images

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White once played in the minor leagues for the Cubs, but on Wednesday afternoon, he’ll go to Chicago’s South Side to throw out the ceremonial first pitch to White Sox Hall of Famer Harold Baines.

The pair will be commemorating Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Day on July 6 when the Sox host the Twins.

Baines is the recipient of a double organ transplant, and he helped design special “Donate Life” shirts. The White Sox said fans who join the donor registry or show proof that they’re organ donors can take those shirts home.

Fans are encouraged to register as organ donors.

As Secretary of State, White has helped grow the Illinois organ donor registry to more than 7.3 million people.

First pitch on Wednesday is scheduled for 12:15 p.m.

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