GARY | A native of Wisconsin who attended Michigan Tech, Michelle Fields arrived in Northwest Indiana in 1995.
Moved around the Midwest by U.S. Steel, Fields returned to Gary last August as the plant manager for the primary side of U.S. Steel's Gary Works.
She quickly became a part of U.S. Steel's sports scene, playing on the company's softball and basketball teams.
"She's our resident best female athlete," said Al Spajer, the Director of Employee Relations at U.S. Steel Gary Works.
So months ago, after U.S. Steel signed a new agreement to keep the naming rights at the park, Fields was tabbed to throw out the first pitch for Thursday's RailCats' opening day.
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