Press release:

MLB AND PHILLIES TO HOST SPECIAL “DRIVE-THRU”PLAY BALLEVENT ATST. MATTHEW AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN PHILADELPHIA

Socially-Distanced Occasion on Saturday, October 24th,Will Provide Bat and Ball SetsFor Families and Kids to Safely Use at Home and in Neighborhoods

Appearances by Phillies Alumni – Mickey Morandini and Milt Thompson – As Well As the Family of Mahlon Duckett, Member of the Philadelphia Stars (Negro Leagues)

In an ongoing effort to further bridge tangible connections between baseball and the Black community, Major League Baseball is hosting a special drive-thru PLAY BALL (www.PlayBall.org) event on Saturday, October 24th at St. Matthew African Methodist Episcopal Church in West Philadelphia. The socially-distanced occasion is part of a community event series that MLB will co-host with Black Churches throughout the country, providing families and children with bat and ball sets that they can safely enjoy at home and various parts of their neighborhoods, such as parks and playgrounds.

*WHO:Rev. Vernon Byrd – St. Matthew African Methodist Episcopal Church

Family of Mahlon Duckett – Philadelphia Stars IF (Negro Leagues – 1940-49); former congregant of St. Matthew African Methodist Episcopal

Milt Thompson – Former Philadelphia Phillies OF (1986-88; 93-94)

Mickey Morandini – Former Philadelphia Phillies 2B (1990-97; 2000); Phillies Club Ambassador

“Phillie Phanatic”

Tony Reagins – Chief Baseball Development Officer, MLB

Rob Holiday – Director of Amateur Scouting Administration, Philadelphia Phillies

*WHERE:St. Matthew African Methodist Episcopal Church, 215 N 57thStreet, Philadelphia, PA 19139

*WHEN: Saturday, October 24th, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET

NOTE: As an additional gift for kids and in celebration of the 100thanniversary of the founding of the Negro Leagues, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (based in Kansas City, Mo.) has donated bobbleheads of Kansas City Royals Hall of Famer John Mayberry in a Kansas City Monarchs jersey.