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Media Report

May 4, 2006


During a Detroit Tiger game, a fan caught a foul ball in his beer cup. Local 4’s Roger Weber was on location at Wayne State’s Matthei Physical Education Center to test the odds of such an occurrence happening again. After setting up a cup in the bleachers, Weber tried hitting and throwing a baseball into it from different distances. He was unsuccessful. Jay Alexander, head coach of Wayne State’s men’s baseball team, assisted Weber by pitching to him and providing instruction. Weber also interviewed John Skaggs, Warrior freshman first baseman, who said that he attributed the “baseball in the beer cup” to a deliberate attempt by the fan to catch the ball. The odds of catching a ball in a cup were calculated at 1 to 2,336,400. The story aired during Local 4’s 5 p.m. newscast.

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