Little League team from Uganda plays ball in Trenton (VIDEO) (NJ.com)


TRENTON – September 1, 2015 The Ugandan Little League team, only the second African team to advance to a Little League World Series, makes a special stop in Trenton at Catherine Ford Field in Columbus Park to play Chambersburg as part of Major League Baseball’s “Play Ball” initiative, which encourages participation in all forms of baseball among all ages, with a special focus on youth. (Michael Mancuso | For NJ.com )

TRENTON — Approximately 8,000 miles from home, the Ugandan Little League team played the Chambersburg Little League team in Trenton Tuesday as part of Major League Baseball’s  “Play Ball” initiative.

Trenton is among more than 125 cities participating in “Play Ball Month,” a collaboration between MLB, Minor League Baseball and the U.S. Conference of Mayors with the intention of inspiring children to stay active and fall in love with the national pastime.  

In the spirit of fairness and goodwill, in this game the traditional three-out innings were extended so that every player got a chance at bat before teams switched sides.

It was Richard Stanley, part-owner of the Trenton Thunder minor-league baseball team, who brought baseball to Uganda 11 years ago as an outgrowth of his volunteer work in Uganda with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). 


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The Ugandan Little League team is only the second African team to advance to a Little League World Series.

The team played the West Windsor Little League 12-Year-Old All Stars this past Thursday and were recognized on the field at Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton prior to the Thunder’s game Monday.

Michael Mancuso may be reached at  mmancuso@njadvancemedia.com. Find  NJ.com on Facebook.

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