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Spinners to launch human cannonball home run

Lowell SpinnersThis may be the most audacious promotion we’ve ever covered: The Lowell Spinners (short season A; NY-Penn League) will hold their first-ever “Human Home Run” event at LeLacheur Park, as human cannonball David Smith, Jr., will be shot from a cannon at home plate over the outfield wall following the conclusion of the July 5 Spinners game.

The concept of the Human Home Run was first approached nearly five years ago as an idea that may be possible and could be an exciting addition to the Spinnertainment schedule.

“When it comes to human cannonballs, David Smith is the best of the best,” said Spinners Vice President Jon Goode. “This is an idea we discussed years ago and he saved it for the Lowell Spinners. Five years in the making, this is going to be a night you will not want to miss.”

Smith, whose father David Sr., holds the world record for farthest human cannonball flight of 185 feet, 10 inches, has performed over 500 times, yet the “Human Home Run” presents a new challenge.

“Where else are you going to be able to see nine innings of baseball followed by someone literally flying out of the ballpark,” asked Goode.

The “Human Home Run” will take the field following the completion of the Spinners game against the Connecticut Tigers. Following the show, the Spinners will conclude their celebration of Independence Day with another post-game fireworks show.

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