Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball and U.S. Conference of Mayors Announce 2015 PLAY BALL Cities for PLAY BALL Month

Aug 03, 2015, 11:59 ET from The U.S. Conference of Mayors

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball, in conjunction with the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), today announced that more than 125 cities, covering 34 U.S. States, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico, have signed on as designated PLAY BALL Cities for the inaugural "PLAY BALL Month" of August 2015. The cities are being designated based on the commitment by each city's Mayor to sponsor a baseball or softball-related activity during August. Mayors will report their activities to  Major League Baseball and the U.S. Conference of Mayors announced their PLAY BALL partnership at USCM's 83rd Annual Meeting in June.

"For decades, baseball has had a unique ability to bring communities together, and today, Major League Baseball is seeking to strengthen that connection between our sport and cities across the country through our new PLAY BALL initiative," said Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr.  "We are thrilled to begin this new and innovative partnership with Minor League Baseball and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and I thank all the mayors who have stepped up to support this effort to provide fun experiences for kids and families during PLAY BALL Month."

"The PLAY BALL initiative is baseball in its purest form, building relationships between the game and its future generations," said Pat O'Conner, Minor League Baseball President & CEO. "It is incredibly important for us to encourage participation at the grassroots level and Minor League Baseball fully supports these efforts."

"Mayors are pleased to join Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball in bringing fun baseball and softball activities to our cities," said USCM President Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. "I am proud to have already participated in a PLAY BALL event in my community and look forward to hearing how other mayors across the country celebrate baseball - our Great National Pastime."

During this month, mayors across the country will host activities to engage children, citizens, families and city departments to organize individual and community-based, baseball and softball-related events, such as playing catch, running bases and more. The activities will be focused on strengthening bonds between families, communities and the game. serves as the initiative's online home and is accessible via, and other partner websites. Coaching tips and parent resources are prominent components of the site. also gives parents, coaches and kids information on how to participate in PLAY BALL activities, links to youth-related news and events, and searchable maps to help find local community leagues. Health and safety information, including the Pitch Smart and Play Sun Smart programs, also are available.

"The Conference of Mayors is honored to have joined Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball in helping to inspire a renewed enthusiasm for the game," said USCM CEO and Executive Director Tom Cochran. "We are pleased with the number of mayors who have made commitments to sponsor a Play Ball activity, and look to involving more mayors in the future."

Below is a list of 2015 PLAY BALL cities so far.  The list is subject to change and additional cities may be added.  For details on each city's event, please visit

Below is a list of 2015 PLAY BALL Cities (along with respective Mayors):                 

Alexandria, VA (Mayor William Euille)

Macon, GA (Mayor Robert Reichert)

Anaheim, CA (Mayor Tom Tait)

Madison, WI (Mayor Paul Soglin)

Apopka, FL (Mayor Joe Kilsheimer)

Manhattan Beach, CA (Mayor Wayne Powell)

Arlington, TX (Mayor Jeff Williams)

Mesa, AZ (Mayor John Giles)

Baltimore, MD (Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake)

Millstone, NJ (Mayor Raymond Heck)

Birmingham, AL (Mayor William Bell)

Milwaukee, WI (Mayor Thomas Barrett)

Boston, MA (Mayor Martin Walsh)

Miramar, FL (Mayor Wayne Messam)

Branson, MO (Mayor Karen Best)

Monroe, LA (Mayor James Mayo)

Bridgeport, CT (Mayor Bill Finch)

Mount Vernon, NY (Mayor Ernest Davis)

Camuy, PR (Mayor Edwin Garcia Feliciano)

Myrtle Beach, SC (Mayor John Rhodes)

Chapel Hill, NC (Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt)

Nashville, TN (Mayor Karl Dean)

Charleston, SC (Mayor Joseph Riley)

New Orleans, LA (Mayor Mitchell Landrieu)

Cincinnati, OH (Mayor John  Cranley) 

Newark, NJ (Mayor Ras Baraka)

Clarence, NY (Mayor David Hartzell)

Newport News, VA (Mayor McKinley Price)

Clarksville, TN (Mayor Kim McMillan)

Newton, MA (Mayor Setti Warren)

Cleveland, OH (Mayor Frank G Jackson)

Niagara Falls, NY (Mayor Paul Dyster)

Columbia, SC (Mayor Stephen Benjamin) 

North Miami, FL (Mayor Smith Joseph)

Columbus, OH (Mayor Michael Coleman) 

North Wilkesboro, NC (Mayor Robert Johnson)

Corona, CA (Mayor Eugene Montanez)

Oakland, CA (Mayor Libby Schaaf)

Corpus Christi, TX (Mayor Nelda Martinez) 

Ocala, FL (Mayor Kent Guinn)

Cupertino, CA (Mayor Rod Sinks)

Oklahoma City, OK (Mayor Mick Cornett)

Davie, FL (Mayor Judith Paul)

Orland Park, IL (Mayor Daniel McLaughlin)

Dayton, OH (Mayor Nan Whaley)

Orlando, FL (Mayor Buddy Dyer)

Des Moines, IA (Mayor T.M. Cownie)

Oroville, CA (Mayor Linda Dahlmeier)

Doral, FL (Mayor Luigi Boria) 

Palm Bay, FL (Mayor William Capote)

Dublin, CA (Mayor David Haubert)

Paterson, NJ (Mayor Jose "Joey" Torres)

Dubuque, IA (Mayor Roy Buol) 

Pembroke Pines, FL (Mayor Frank Ortis)

Durham, NC (Mayor William Bell) 

Philadelphia, PA (Mayor Michael Nutter)

Elizabeth, NJ (Mayor J Bollwage) 

Phoenix, AZ (Mayor Greg Stanton)

Elk Grove, CA (Mayor Gary Davis)

Piscataway, NJ (Mayor Brian Wahler)

Erie, PA (Mayor Joseph Sinnott)

Pittsburgh, PA (Mayor Bill Peduto)

Fort Myers, FL (Mayor Randall Henderson)

Plano, TX (Mayor Harry LaRosiliere)

Fort Wayne, IN (Mayor Tom Henry)

Providence, RI (Mayor Jorge Elorza)

Frederick, MD (Mayor Randy McClement)

Quincy, IL (Mayor Kyle Moore)

Fremont, CA (Mayor Bill Harrison)

Racine, WI (Mayor John Dickert)

Frisco, TX (Mayor Maher Maso)

Rochester, MN (Mayor Ardell Brede)

Gary, IN (Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson)

Rochester Hills, MI (Mayor Bryan Barnett)

Greenville, NC (Mayor Allen Thomas)

Roseville, CA (Mayor Carol Garcia)

Gresham, OR (Mayor Shane Bemis)

Sacramento, CA (Mayor Kevin Johnson)

Hallandale Beach, FL (Mayor Joy Cooper)

Salem, VA (Mayor Randy Foley)

Hayward, CA (Mayor Barbara Halliday

Salt Lake City, UT (Mayor Ralph Becker)

Hempstead, NJ (Mayor Wayne Hall)

San Antonio, TX (Mayor Ivy Taylor)

Hermosa Beach, CA (Mayor Michael Keegan)

San Francisco, CA (Mayor Edwin Lee)

Hialeah, FL (Mayor Carlos  Hernández)

San Gabriel, CA (Mayor Jason Pu)

Hillsboro, OR (Mayor Jerry Willey)

San Leandro, CA (Mayor Pauline Cutter)

Hoffman Estates, IL (Mayor William McLeod)

Seattle, WA (Mayor Ed Murray)

Houston, TX (Mayor Annise Parker)

Socorro, TX (Mayor Jesus Ruiz)

Huntersville, NC (Mayor Jill Swain)

St. Louis, MO (Mayor Francis Slay)

Indianapolis, IN (Mayor Gregory Ballard)

St. Petersburg, FL (Mayor Rick Kriseman)

Irvine, CA (Mayor Steven Choi)

Tacoma, WA (Mayor Marilyn Strickland)

Irving, TX (Mayor Beth Van Duyne)

Tallahassee, FL (Mayor Andrew Gillum)

Johns Creek, GA (Mayor Michael Bodker)

Tempe, AZ (Mayor Mark Mitchell)

Kansas City, MO (Mayor Sly James)

Tigard, OR (Mayor John Cook)

Knoxville, TN (Mayor Madeline Rogero)

Torrance, CA (Mayor Patrick Furey)

Lakeland, FL (Mayor Howard Wiggs)

Trenton, NJ (Mayor Eric Jackson)

Las Cruces, NM (Mayor Kenneth Miyagishima)

Washington, D.C. (Mayor Muriel Bowser)

Las Vegas, NV (Mayor Carolyn Goodman)

West Covina, CA (Mayor Fredrick Sykes)

Lexington, KY (Mayor Jim  Gray)

West Hollywood, CA (Mayor Lindsey Horvath)

Lima, OH (Mayor David Berger)

West Sacramento, CA (Mayor Christopher Cabaldon)

Little Rock, AR (Mayor Mark Stodola)

Westlake, OH (Mayor Dennis Clough)

Livermore, CA (Mayor John Marchand)

Wilmington, DE (Mayor Dennis Williams)

Los Altos, CA (Mayor Jan Pepper)

Woodland, CA (Mayor Tom Stallard)

Louisville, KY (Mayor Greg Fischer)

York, PA (Mayor C Bracey)

Yuba, CA (Mayor John Dukes)


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