Home Local Maryland Government Announcement Originally published April 01, 2011

President’s Cup Kicks Off Saturday With Celebration of City’s Rich Sporting History

About 170 public and private school students to receive history lesson from former Negro League and Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame players

WHAT: City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young will welcome about 170 public and private school students and coaches to Baltimore’s Sports Legends Museum on Saturday to celebrate the city’s rich baseball history and to officially mark the kickoff of the President’s Cup – a citywide baseball tournament designed to bring together the city’s public and private school students on some of Baltimore’s finest baseball diamonds.

The students and coaches will tour the museum’s 10 exhibits, which include galleries dedicated to the Baltimore Orioles, Ravens, Colts, amateur baseball, the Negro League and former Baltimore Colts great and NFL Hall of Fame player Johnny Unitas.

During the tour, students and coaches will learn about the sporting history of the Baltimore Orioles from three of the team’s Hall of Fame players and World Series champions: Paul Blair, Al Bumbry and “Tippy” Martinez. Former Negro League Player Eddie Banks will also be on hand to speak to the players and coaches.

Students from the following schools will attend Saturday’s event: Boys’ Latin, Frederick Douglass, Friends School, Gilman, Maritime Industries Academy, Mergenthaler Vocational, Mount Saint Joseph, Paul Laurence Dunbar, National Academy Foundation, Northwestern and St. Frances Academy.

Michael Gibbons, Executive Director of the Sports Legends Museum and Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum, said he’s excited about the chance to teach so many high school students about the important role the game of baseball played in helping to heal a nation divided along racial and class lines.

“We commend Council President Young for this important initiative,” Mr. Gibbons said. “Baseball has long been recognized as our National pastime and what better way to celebrate the game than the President’s Cup. Sports Legends is proud to participate and to share the unique legacy of Baltimore baseball with these fine young players.”

The President’s Cup aims to unite Baltimore’s youth by using baseball to bring together groups of high school students from different backgrounds that normally would not compete with one another. The President’s Cup also represents an exciting new addition to the Council President’s ongoing P.L.A.Y. (Productive Lives, Active Youth) campaign. P.L.A.Y. provides Baltimore’s youth with a wide range of opportunities to strengthen their self-confidence, develop leadership skills, learn from positive role models, and be rewarded athletically for their academic achievements. P.L.A.Y. encourages them to thrive academically, socially and emotionally.

Tournament play will begin on Saturday, April 9, 2011, and continue through Saturday, April 16, 2011. During the President’s Cup, students will compete on some of the city’s best baseball fields in hopes of playing in the championship game on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

WHEN: Saturday, April 2, 2011 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Baltimore’s Sports Legends Museum, 301 W. Camden Street, Baltimore, MD.