Sobieck, a member of Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois, autographed 260 of her baseball cards.

The summer of 2018 witnessed Sister Mary Jo Sobieck going viral on several social media platforms when the nun used her bicep to bounce a baseball and threw a perfect strike. To the delight of sports enthusiasts everywhere, she then posed for cameras before the Chicago White Sox game. Her first pitch was a component of “Marian Catholic Night.” The venue of the event was Guaranteed Rate Field.

Thanks to her perfect pitch, Sister Sobieck, who already has a bobblehead with her likeness, will now be seen on baseball cards which will be sold as a special series in Topps packs. The image of the nun on the baseball card is when she came off the mound and pointed towards Lucas Giolito, the pitcher for the White Sox. Giolito caught the pitch.

The Topps company assured her that her card would be a perfect fit in their running Allen & Ginter series. Sobieck, a member of Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois, autographed 260 cards on April 8 at the collectible’s debut. The Topps company paid her $1,000 to be on the card. She promptly donated the money to the Sister Mary Jo Endowed Scholarship fund administered by the Marian Catholic High School. The fund came into existence after she threw the first pitch. According to Sobieck, she was doing this as a way to request for matching funds. She asked everyone who supports Catholic education or who is inspired by her to donate to the Sister Mary Jo scholarship.

Sobieck’s unlikely fame in the world of sports is on a roll. She threw the first pitch at tonight’s game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals.

Sobieck was always athletic. She participated in three sports in Minnesota’s St. Cloud Cathedral but never imagined that her photo would be printed on a collectible baseball card. Sobieck teaches theology to juniors and sophomores at Marian Catholic. She said her students were amazed to find her baseball fame continuing.


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