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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:
· A Washington team should be named the Grays, after the Homestead Grays.
· The Grays are a “living memorial” for the Negro Leagues.
· We must continue Major League Baseball’s efforts to reach out to disaffected communities.
· A Grays team is both right, to remember history, and smart, for the business of
baseball.
· The history behind the Grays would mean the team would have an immediate national following.
· A Grays museum would explain history, and bring tourists to the stadium!

Dear [name]:

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.

Sincerely,
[name]

Please write to some or all of these Major League Baseball Executives.

Of course, write to the big cheese himself:

Commissioner Allen H. Selig
The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball
245 Park Avenue, 31st Floor
New York, NY 10167


There are four members of the selection committee to write:

Mr. Bob DuPuy
President and Chief Operating Officer
Major League Baseball
245 Park Avenue, 31st Floor
New York, NY 10167

Mr. Jerry Reinsdorf
Chairman
Chicago White Sox Baseball Club
333 West 35th Street
Chicago, IL 60616

Mr. Thomas O. Hicks
Chairman of the Board and Owner
Texas Rangers Baseball Club
1000 Ballpark Way
Arlington, TX 76011

Ms. Wendy A. Selig-Prieb
Chairman
Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club
One Brewers Way
Milwaukee, WI 53214-3652


Two other MLB executives who may be interested in the Grays:

Ms. Sharon Robinson
Vice President of Educational Programming
Major League Baseball
245 Park Avenue, 31st Floor
New York, NY 10167

Ms. Wendy Lewis
Vice President of Strategic Planning for Recruitment and Diversity
Major League Baseball
245 Park Avenue, 31st Floor
New York, NY 10167