Paris Jackson Honors Father Michael Jackson by Throwing Out First Pitch at Baseball Game (PHOTOS)
According to the Daily Mail, Michael Jackson’s 14-year-old daughter showed a solid throwing arm on Thursday as she tossed out the ceremonial first pitch at a minor league baseball game in Gary, Ind.
Jackson and her two brothers were visiting the town where their father and his siblings were raised as part of a Gary festival honoring their late father on the 54th anniversary of his birth.
Read on for more about the Jackson family celebration.
Paris, her older brother Prince Michael I, 15, and her younger brother Blanket , 10, attended the game between the Gary SouthShore RailCats and the St. Paul Saints, held at Gary’s U.S. Steel Yard. All three kids wore shirts emblazoned with the RailCats logo for the occasion.
The game was part of “Goin’ Back to Indiana: Can You Feel It?,” a four-day tribute to Michael Jackson held this week in Gary. Also there to represent the Jackson family were Paris and her brothers’ aunt La Toya Jackson, grandmother Katherine Jackson, and cousin TJ Jackson.
Despite the festival’s name, Michael Jackson himself seldom went back to Indiana once the Jackson 5 became famous in the late 1960s. The group did play two hometown concerts in 1971 and Jackson returned one last time in 2003 to announce plans for a performing arts center named after himself, which was never built. He died in 2009.
Had he lived, he would have turned 54 on Wednesday. Besides her attendance at the Gary festival and the baseball game, Paris paid tribute to her father via Twitter and Instagram, where she posted a photo of herself alongside an image of Michael. The caption read, “happy birthday daddy i love you with all my heart always and forever<33″