's friends surprised the rap star on his birthday Wednesday with an entire day of baseball-themed activities. The celebration, held in Nelly's hometown of St. Louis, was led off by a private batting practice session with Hall Of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith
, Nelly's favorite baseball player while he was growing up. Later, family and friends gathered at FOX Sports broadcaster Joe Buck's restaurant where sexy "stadium vendors" greeted the All-Star guest list -- including celebrities such as Jermaine Dupri
and Murphy Lee
-- with beer and ballpark-style roasted peanuts prior to a sit-down "clubhouse meal." The night then kicked into high gear with an exclusive invite-only party at Nectar, one of the Midwest's hottest nightspots. Guests enjoyed Cracker Jack apple martinis while dancing to an eclectic mix of current and old-school hip-hop tunes. Ashanti joined DJ Charlie Chan in leading the guests in a rendition of "Happy Birthday." Nelly capped off the night by thanking guests for attending the party and leading an hour-long impromptu all-star MC session along with the other VIP guests.
In other Nelly news, as previously annnounced
, the hip-hop icon will be re-releasing his multi-platinum, record-breaking dual release Sweat
as one album on November 22, titled SWEATSUIT. The special release will feature #1 hits culled from the two discs along with three brand new tracks including the first new single, "Grillz," featuring Paul Wall
, Ali, and Big Gipp. Nelly will also be the recipient of Russell Simmons
& the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network "Action Award" for his outstanding contributions to the 4Sho4Kids Foundation and leukemia awareness. The ceremony takes place in New York on November 16.Related Links:Nelly To Release 'Sweatsuit'Nelly photos, wallpaper, bio, reviews & more...