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27th annual Jackie Robinson Baseball League opening day ceremony

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) - The Jackie Robinson Baseball League had their opening ceremony on Sunday at the Thomas Foreman Park in Greenville.

The league is named after the first African American to break the color barrier in baseball.

"It's a history, it's a history for our young ones and I think they should be a part of this type of history," said Derrick Clark, coach for one of the league's teams. "There was a time when blacks and whites couldn't play baseball together, history tells us Jackie Robinson broke that mold. And that was very important." he said.

For the past 27 seasons, the league has given kids in the community an affordable and positive place to play baseball. 

"We give a lot of these kids the opportunity to have role models that they may possibly not have at home, not to say they don't,  but its always a good thing to offer additional people in your world that make up your village," said Norma Warren, treasurer and publicity manager of the league.

The league sent out invitations to many city and public officials for the ceremony. Greenville Mayor PJ Connelly was one of many in attendance.

He declared the months of June 2018 to August 2018, "Play Ball Summer" in Greenville. 

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