Yesterday afternoon in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Grammy-nominated R&B musician and Providence, RI native, Jeffrey Osborne held The Jeffrey Osborne Celebrity All-Star Softball Classic to raise funds for his foundation. The game featured NBA greats like Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as well as Rhode Island Native and current Philadelphia 76ers point guard, Michael Carter-Williams.
Carter-Williams partaking in the game makes sense since he is from Rhode Island, but how did Osborne get Magic and Kareem to come all the way to Rhode Island? Well, he has had a relationship with the Lakers since 1979, from the Providence Journal:
“I began doing the anthem in L.A. in Magic’s rookie season in 1979,” he said, “and it seemed like every time I sang it the Lakers won,” he said. “Then I sang at Magic’s birthday party one year and that’s where our relationship started.” Then Pat Riley began playing Osborne’s songs at his practices.
Perhaps because of this friendship, Magic was the pitcher for the West team which he may have regretted when he pitched against Carter-Williams:
Hitting a home run against Magic was a lot easier for Carter-Williams than facing former Syracuse great and current Big East leader in strikeouts, Jenna Caira:
No word on how Magic did in the actual game but his practice swings did not look that promising:
Despite getting homered on by Carter-Williams, Magic was a good sport and posed for a picture with him, much to the delight of Carter-Williams:
Might have to get this one framed one day…..
Keep working on that windmill Magic, you can get MCW next year.