Mad Man

Jon Hamm shows off Million Dollar Arm

Mad Men star Jon Hamm, a St. Louis native and lifelong Cardinals fan, made a pitch for charity prior to Monday night's game against the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium.

Mad Men star makes pitch for hospital in hometown of St. Louis

Mad Men star Jon Hamm, from St. Louis, throws the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Reds-Cardinals game on Monday night. (Scott Kane/Associated Press)

Jon Hamm joked that the bobblehead the St. Louis Cardinals honoured him with was "probably repurposed" from a Matt Carpenter model.

"It's great, it's fantastic," Hamm said before throwing the first pitch Monday night for the Cardinals game against the Cincinnati Reds.

"It's amazing how many people I've had ask me to get them one. That was the weird thing — aunts and uncles and friends of all stripes — so I'll probably need about 40 of them."

Hamm, the star of Mad Men star and a lifelong Cardinals fan who grew up in the St. Louis suburbs, is starring in the baseball movie, "Million Dollar Arm."

Bearded and wearing a white Cardinals cap at the podium, Hamm remembered watching the 1982 World Series at age 11:

Hamm grew up in Normandy, Missouri, and graduated from John Burroughs High School and Missouri before emerging as Don Draper in the hit AMC television series.

Hamm's best friend, John Simmons, is the eldest son of longtime Cardinals star Ted Simmons. They were teammates on the high school team, but Hamm had no illusions of playing for the hometown team.

That became clear when he worked out with Cardinals players including Bob Forsch, Andy Van Slyke and Simmons in the winter.

"I was like, 'Nope, I'm not as good as these guys and probably will never be,'" Hamm said. "Fortunately, I was able to find another career."

Cardinals scouting director Dan Kantrovitz was another classmate in high school.

"I don't know if Danny was destined for a front-office job," Hamm said. "I do know that our high school puts out some pretty motivated and talented kids and Danny was certainly one of them."

Portions of the proceeds from the bobblehead event went to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Hamm lost his mother to cancer and father to diabetes.

"It's an organization like no other," Hamm said. "I couldn't be more sincere when I say they are some of the greatest people on the planet."


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