Sotomayor throws first pitch at Nationals' Hispanic Heritage Day
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Supreme Court Justice Sonia SotomayorSonia SotomayorNames to watch as Trump picks Ginsburg replacement on Supreme Court READ: Supreme Court justices mourn death of Ginsburg, 'an American hero' READ: Supreme Court justices offer tributes to Ruth Bader Ginsburg MORE, the high court’s first Hispanic justice, threw out the ceremonial first pitch Thursday evening at the Washington Nationals's game against the Philadelphia Phillies for the team’s Hispanic Heritage Day celebration. 


The event honors Roberto Clemente who, like Sotomayor’s parents, was a native of Puerto Rico and a vocal supporter of charities focusing on Latin American and Caribbean nations. Clemente died in 1972 in a plane crash en route to help earthquake relief efforts in Nicaragua.

Sotomayor sided with Major League Baseball players during their 1994-95 strike while serving as a federal district court judge, preventing management from replacing the striking players and implementing an unapproved new collective bargaining agreement. Sotomayor became known to some as the “woman who saved baseball” because of the ruling.

Sotomayor previously threw out the first pitch at a New York Yankees game in 2009, shortly after then-President Obama appointed her to the Supreme Court.