Of all the sports Maryborough has ties to, Major League Baseball (MLB) is possibly the strangest.
While Minnesota Twins pitcher Lewis Thorpe was born in Melbourne, locals may be familiar with his parents Ross and Lyn Thorpe who grew up in Mary- borough and a portion of their family who still live locally.
Like most Aussie kids, Thorpe started out with an obsession for football before taking up tee ball in primary school.
Mum, Lyn said the sport of tee ball or baseball wasn’t overly popular, but quickly developed into a personal passion for Lewis.
“Throughout kinder and primary school, the kids were footy mad, but one of the dads was interested in baseball so he started up a tee ball team and invited all the kids to play and that’s how Lewis got involved in it,” she said.
“We certainly weren’t baseball people.When he started I got roped into scoring so I learnt the rules that way.
“He made the decision at around 15 years old to stop playing football and concentrate on his baseball. That was his decision and he made that by himself and for him to finally be able to succeed in that was amazing.”
Thorpe debuted for the Twins in late June and became the 34th Australian in MLB history to do so after seven years battling to get there.
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