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

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 83(rd) 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

Anaheim, CA (Mayor Tom Tait)             Madison, WI (Mayor Paul

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           Millstone, NJ (Mayor Raymond
Rawlings-Blake)                         Heck)

Birmingham, AL (Mayor William Bell)      Milwaukee, WI (Mayor Thomas

Boston, MA (Mayor Martin Walsh)          Miramar, FL (Mayor Wayne

Branson, MO (Mayor Karen Best)          Monroe, LA (Mayor James Mayo)

Bridgeport, CT (Mayor Bill Finch)        Mount Vernon, NY (Mayor Ernest

Camuy, PR (Mayor Edwin Garcia            Myrtle Beach, SC (Mayor John
Feliciano)                              Rhodes)

Chapel Hill, NC (Mayor Mark              Nashville, TN (Mayor Karl
Kleinschmidt)                           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

Cleveland, OH (Mayor Frank G Jackson)    Niagara Falls, NY (Mayor Paul

Columbia, SC (Mayor Stephen Benjamin)    North Miami, FL (Mayor Smith

Columbus, OH (Mayor Michael Coleman)     North Wilkesboro, NC (Mayor
Robert Johnson)

Corona, CA (Mayor Eugene Montanez)       Oakland, CA (Mayor Libby

Corpus Christi, TX (Mayor Nelda
Martinez)                              Ocala, FL (Mayor Kent Guinn)

Cupertino, CA (Mayor Rod Sinks)          Oklahoma City, OK (Mayor Mick

Davie, FL (Mayor Judith Paul)            Orland Park, IL (Mayor Daniel

Dayton, OH (Mayor Nan Whaley)           Orlando, FL (Mayor Buddy Dyer)

Des Moines, IA (Mayor T.M. Cownie)       Oroville, CA (Mayor Linda

Doral, FL (Mayor Luigi Boria)            Palm Bay, FL (Mayor William

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

Elk Grove, CA (Mayor Gary Davis)         Piscataway, NJ (Mayor Brian

Erie, PA (Mayor Joseph Sinnott)          Pittsburgh, PA (Mayor Bill

Fort Myers, FL (Mayor Randall            Plano, TX (Mayor Harry
Henderson)                              LaRosiliere)

Fort Wayne, IN (Mayor Tom Henry)         Providence, RI (Mayor Jorge

Frederick, MD (Mayor Randy McClement)   Quincy, IL (Mayor Kyle Moore)

Fremont, CA (Mayor Bill Harrison)        Racine, WI (Mayor John

Frisco, TX (Mayor Maher Maso)            Rochester, MN (Mayor Ardell

Gary, IN (Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson)    Rochester Hills, MI (Mayor
Bryan Barnett)

Greenville, NC (Mayor Allen Thomas)      Roseville, CA (Mayor Carol

Gresham, OR (Mayor Shane Bemis)          Sacramento, CA (Mayor Kevin

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

Hermosa Beach, CA (Mayor Michael         San Francisco, CA (Mayor Edwin
Keegan)                                 Lee)

Hialeah, FL (Mayor Carlos  Hernández)    San Gabriel, CA (Mayor Jason

Hillsboro, OR (Mayor Jerry Willey)       San Leandro, CA (Mayor Pauline

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

Indianapolis, IN (Mayor Gregory          St. Petersburg, FL (Mayor Rick
Ballard)                                Kriseman)

Irvine, CA (Mayor Steven Choi)           Tacoma, WA (Mayor Marilyn

Irving, TX (Mayor Beth Van Duyne)        Tallahassee, FL (Mayor Andrew

Johns Creek, GA (Mayor Michael Bodker)   Tempe, AZ (Mayor Mark

Kansas City, MO (Mayor Sly James)       Tigard, OR (Mayor John Cook)

Knoxville, TN (Mayor Madeline Rogero)    Torrance, CA (Mayor Patrick

Lakeland, FL (Mayor Howard Wiggs)        Trenton, NJ (Mayor Eric

Las Cruces, NM (Mayor Kenneth            Washington, D.C. (Mayor Muriel
Miyagishima)                            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

Livermore, CA (Mayor John Marchand)      Wilmington, DE (Mayor Dennis

Los Altos, CA (Mayor Jan Pepper)         Woodland, CA (Mayor Tom

Louisville, KY (Mayor Greg Fischer)     York, PA (Mayor C Bracey)

Yuba, CA (Mayor John Dukes)

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