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Softball record set in eastern Illinois

Chris Shields, 53, of Champaign poses with a plaque and softball after he set the Guinness World Records Book mark for catching a softball from the greatest height.

Chris Shields, 53, of Champaign poses with a plaque and softball after he set the Guinness World Records Book mark for catching a softball from the greatest height.

 

Heather Coit/The News-Gazette

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By Associated Press

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Talk about a fly ball.

A Champaign man has set the new Guinness World Records Book mark for catching a softball from the greatest height.

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The (Champaign) News-Gazette reported 53-year-old Chris Shields managed to catch a softball tossed out of an ultralight plane hovering 250 feet above the ground.

Shields said he decided to go for the record after his 10-year-old daughter, Olivia, suggested the idea after watching him catch a pop-up.

He checked with Guinness officials who agreed to create the category.

Shields was able to catch the ball in his mitt last July on the second try.

He says the record is for fun, but adds it gives him a "street credential."

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