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Sept. 25, 2012
CONTACT: K. E. Schwab

SRU graduate pitches hotdogs and art

If you attended a Reading Phillies home game and bought a hot dog, it may have been pitched by Matt Jackson, a 2001 Slippery Rock University sport management graduate. If you admired the stadium’s new artwork it too may have been done by Jackson.

The SRU graduate, who played baseball in high school, is not only known for hot dog pitching while riding an ostrich, but also for serving as the Reading Phillies' graphic arts director. He joined the franchise in 1998, according to a recent story in the Reading Eagle.

His art ability provided the force behind a large historical mural of old photographs and words beneath stadium seating, The art mural provides the history of what was once War Memorial Municipal Stadium, built in 1950, and is now FirstEnergy Stadium, home of the Reading Phillies since 1967. The art covers three generations of baseball heroes.

"It's amazing to think that here was a stadium being built then without a major league team sponsoring it," Jackson told the newspaper.

He said his job allows him to combine his passions for art, entertainment and baseball history.

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