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This is urgent! Major League Baseball has announced they may name Washington's new team shortly after the World Series. If so, we need to let them know how successful a Washington Grays baseball team would be! Please take a few minutes to write a letter to the MLB executives who will determine D.C.’s baseball future.
The letters should be brief and direct, but they must also be polite. You can use the same letter for each of the MLB executives listed. You can write your own letter using the talking points provided or cut, paste and alter the letter below.
Please, in your own words, include the following talking
points in your letter:
Thank you for awarding the Expos franchise to Washington, DC! Now, it's time to find a name for the new team. I encourage you to support naming the team the Washington Grays, after the powerhouse Negro League Homestead Grays. The Grays would be a “living memorial” to the Negro Leagues and the fight for the integration of baseball. Not only is this the right thing to remember this history, but it would also be the best thing for the business of baseball. The Grays name would continue Major League Baseball’s efforts in reaching out to disaffected communities. It would garner positive national media attention and potentially create an immediate national following for the team. The massive D.C. tourism market could be tapped with a museum dedicated to the history of the Grays, located at the stadium.
Now that baseball is back in the Nation's Capital, let's take this opportunity to honor a neglected part of our history. It is in the best interest of baseball, the city and the country.
Please write to some or all of these Major League Baseball Executives.
Of course, write to the big cheese himself:
Commissioner Allen H. Selig
Mr. Bob DuPuy
Mr. Jerry Reinsdorf
Mr. Thomas O. Hicks
Ms. Wendy A. Selig-Prieb
Ms. Sharon Robinson
Ms. Wendy Lewis