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.
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Robert Redford speaks at 2011 Sundance Film Festival at the Egyptian Theatre on Jan. 20, 2011, in Park City, Utah.

(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.