Boy who lost brother throws ‘healing’ first pitch

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — One of the first pitches thrown before the Whitecaps’ Tuesday game was a bright spot for a West Michigan family that recently suffered a great loss.

On March 27, 2-year-old Knox Hosford collapsed at a home in Ionia Township. His grandparents and emergency crews preformed CPR, but their resuscitation efforts were not successful. The toddler was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Knox Hosford. (Undated courtesy photo)
(Knox Hosford. Undated courtesy photo)

The cause of death is not known yet, but police said it is not suspicious.

After the death, Knox’s grandfather won a WOOD TV8 contest to throw out one of the first pitches at the West Michigan Whitecaps’ home opener.

He decided it would be best if Knox’s 10-year-old brother Hunter threw that pitch.

“It brought a little happiness to his life. A little bit of pride to see him. Maybe he will be out there someday,” said Joe Hufnagel, Hunter’s grandfather.

After seeing his grandson throw the pitch, he said he was proud.

“A little bit of healing. A little bit of passing. Nice to have a smile back on his face,” he said.

Hunter’s dad was also on hand to see the big pitch.

“Very, very proud of him,” said Norman Hosford. “The tragedy we had recently in our family, it’s real nice to see a smile on his face. Kind of seeing a little glimmer in his eye. A very, very good feeling.”

Hunter said he will never forget the experience.

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