Robert Redford to throw first pitch at Wrigley Field opening day

Actor Robert Redford poses at the 10th Annual New York Times Arts & Leisure Weekend photo call at the Times Center on Jan. 9, 2011, in New York. Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images

Robert Redford speaks at 2011 Sundance Film Festival at the Egyptian Theatre on Jan. 20, 2011, in Park City, Utah.
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(CBS) Robert Redford is set to throw the first pitch at the Chicago Cubs' opening day game at Wrigley Field on April 1 against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Let's hope he doesn't also hit a home run that destroys the scoreboard clock.

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The Academy Award-winning director will be in town to promote his latest film as director, "The Conspirator," which opens April 15.

Redford isn't known for his ties to Chicago, but the self-proclaimed baseball fan did star in "The Natural." It was in that film that Redford, as Roy Hobbs, hit said game-winning home run for the fictional New York Knights at Wrigley Field. (The scene was filmed in Buffalo, N.Y., at the now-demolished All High stadium.)

In real life, Redford earned a baseball scholarship to the University of Colorado and was a high school teammate of Hall of Famer Don Drysdale.

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