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Wrestler to visit Miracle on May 4

April 26, 2013
Special to the Breeze , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

On Saturday, May 4, the Fort Myers Miracle will welcome WWE Hall of Famer Jerry "The King" Lawler to Hammond Stadium.

The game between the Miracle and St. Lucie Mets starts at 6:05 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m.

Lawler is one of the most beloved wrestlers in history. A long time co-host of Monday Night Raw, Lawler joined the broadcast team in 2001 and has been a part of many memorable moments in wrestling. Monday Night raw is the longest running weekly entertainment show in television history.

While at the game, Lawler will sign autographs, pose for pictures and throw out a ceremonial first pitch. Lawler owns a home in Fort Myers.

In 1982, Lawler began a notorious feud with comedian Andy Kaufman. At the time, Kaufman wrestled women as a part of his comedic routine and declared himself the Intergender Heavyweight Champion. Lawler took exception to the skits and on April 5, 1982, "The King" wrestled Kaufman in Memphis, Tenn. During the course of the match, Lawler delivered two pile drivers, sending Kaufman to the hospital.

On July 29, 1982, Lawler slapped Kaufman in the face on an episode of Late Night with David Letterman. Kaufman responded by throwing his coffee on Lawler. Years later, Lawler appeared as himself in the Kaufman biopic Man on the Moon.

On September 10, 2012, Lawler suffered a heart attack while on the air live with Monday Night Raw. The heart attack caused Lawler to miss two months of the broadcast schedule. On November 12, 2012, Lawler returned to Monday Night Raw to a standing ovation.

Pitch, Hit & Run: The Miracle are hosting a free Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run competition for area youth at 9 a.m. Saturday at Hammond Stadium and the Lee County Sports Complex, 14400 Six Mile Cypress Pkwy, Fort Myers.

Boys and girls are divided into four age divisions: 7/8, 9/10, 11/12 and 13/14.

Participants must bring a copy of their birth certificate and have a parent or guardian fill out a registration/waiver form prior to the start of competition.



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