Heard on the Hill

Librarian of Congress Hayden to Throw Out First Pitch

She'll do the honors for hometown Baltimore Orioles when Washington Nationals play there Monday

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden is practicing for her professional baseball debut. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Carla Hayden, the first woman and first African-American librarian of Congress, will now be the first African-American woman librarian of Congress to throw out the first pitch at a baseball game.

Hayden has the honors Monday when the Washington Nationals play the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore.

[First African-American, Female Librarian of Congress Sworn In]

Sorry, Nationals fans, but her roots are in Baltimore — she led the Enoch Pratt Free Library in the Maryland city from 1993 until becoming librarian of Congress. 

She tweeted a photo of her warming up.

Hayden was sworn is as the 14th head of the Library of Congress in September. In her previous career, she worked to keep a Baltimore library branch open when riots rocked the city in 2015 after Freddie Gray died in police custody. She started her career in the Chicago Public Library system.

Monday’s game is at 7:05 p.m.

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