Brock highlights pregame festivities

Brock highlights pregame festivities

ST. LOUIS -- The baseball gods finally gave Cardinals fans a break on Thursday when, miraculously, the skies over Busch Stadium cleared, allowing Game 4 of the World Series to start on time.

The pregame festivities went off without a hitch, beginning with the ceremonial first pitch, thrown by Hall of Famer Lou Brock. A 1985 Hall inductee, Brock played 16 of his 19 Major League seasons with the Cardinals, from 1964-79.

Brock played in three World Series with the Cardinals, winning championships in 1964 and 1967. The 1975 recipient of the Roberto Clemente Award had a lifetime batting average of .293.

The national anthem was performed by Nikko Smith, a St. Louis native and son of Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith. Nikko Smith recently competed in season four of FOX's reality show, "American Idol."

The first ball was delivered by members of the Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Louis and were accompanied to the mound by Hall of Famer and two-time World Series MVP Bob Gibson.

Celebrity sightings were slim on this chilly night at Busch Stadium, but famed movie director Penny Marshall was slated to attend Game 4 of the World Series. Marshall, noted director of the 1992 hit "A League of Their Own," is the first female director with two movies that grossed over $100 million.

Marshall is said to be an avid collector of sports memorabilia and has an extensive collection of baseballs, footballs and basketballs autographed by accomplished athletes.

Alyson Footer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.