Players Association Visits James Mosher Baseball

Updated Sunday June 14, 2015 by James Mosher Baseball.

On Saturday, June 13, 2015, The Major League Baseball Players Association lead by Mr. Tony Clark along with a group of active and former Major Leaguers visited our field at James Mosher Elementary located at 2400 W. Mosher Street here in West Baltimore. We thank MLBPA for recognizing our league and helping to celebrate  James Mosher Baseball which was founded in 1960 and is among the country's oldest continuously operating African-American youth leagues.

From the June 9th press release  MLBPA executive director Tony Clark said, " For generations, there have been those who have touched the lives of our young people through baseball, So as part of the players' and the Players Trust's continuing efforts to recognize these essential people and programs, we wanted to shine the spotlight on the men and women who have helped guide and support kids year after year at the James Mosher Baseball League in Baltimore."

Some of the present and former players who were there included, Orioles outfielders Adam Jones and Delmon Young, Hall-of-Famer and Orioles legend Frank Robinson, former Orioles All-Stars Eric Davis and Jeffrey Hammonds, and Orioles first base coach Wayne Kirby and former GM Omar Minaya.  Major Stephanie Rawlings Blake, who threw out the first pitch, City Council President Jack Young and Councilmen Pete Welch and Nick Mosley were also be in attendance.

The event was cover by several national media companies to include MSNBC, ESPN,WBAL News and The Baltimore Sun..  We were also visited by Ken Rosentha of Fox Sports.  The Sun Papers and WBAL radio personality Peter Schmuck did interviews along with writers from and other media outlets.

The day featured two youth games having honorary captains coached by Major Leaguers, food and entertainment for more than 300 youth players and families.  There was a great question and answer period for the players from our league.  Additionally JMA received loads of equipment including baseballs, bats, gloves and catcher’s gear from MLBPA.  The afternoon culminated with an ice cream truck with ice cream for everyone.  Finally as a special treat, MLBPA provided tickets for everyone to see the game featuring the New York Yankees as they visit the Baltimore Orioles.

According to a quote from a  MLBPA news release Mr. Clark said, "A day of baseball and goodwill won't resolve the myriad issues that affect inner-city neighborhoods, but it represents a start. Hopefully, the message we're sending is that we did notice and we do care and we want to be part of a solution."

We agree totally with Mr. Clark and are so grateful and thankful for the embrace and attention shown to children. Today is a day they will never forget. We are hopeful to have an ongoing relationship with MLBPA as we look for guidance and support for baseball in our community. Today was a great day and a prelude for tomorrow,.



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