Vince Dooley is used to games starting with a coin toss and then a kickoff. But the day before Georgia and Notre Dame meet in South Bend, Ind., the legendary former Bulldogs coach will have the honor of beginning a different game with a different tradition.
According to Mark Weiszer of the Athens Banner-Herald, Dooley will throw out the first pitch at the Chicago Cubs game on Sept. 8, the day before the monster matchup between the Bulldogs and Fighting Irish. He is scheduled to do the honors just days after his 85th birthday.
The coach who led Georgia to the national championship in the 1980 season will be cheered on by approximately 2,000 Bulldogs fans, who are attending the game as part of a Dawg Days and Chicago Dawgs alumni event that combines the Cubs game on Friday afternoon with the football game on Saturday.
Dooley told the newspaper that his arm is “terrible,” but he’s set on improving upon his previous performances throwing out first pitches at major-league games.
“I’m going to do a little better,” he said.
After visiting Wrigley Field during what will be his first trip to the famous stadium, Dooley and his wife, Barbara, will make the 100-mile trip to Notre Dame’s campus. They’ll hope for another win over the Irish, just like the one they celebrated in 1981 when Georgia beat Notre Dame 17-10 in the Sugar Bowl to clinch the national championship.