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Mayor Watson proclaiming April 26 as Baseball Day in Ottawa

Mayor Jim Watson was set to proclaim April 26 as Baseball Day in Ottawa with a 1215 p.m. event Saturday at Ottawa Stadium.

The Mayor was to be joined by Canada's only Baseball Hall of Fame player, Fergie Jenkins, along with a number of officials involved in youth baseball in the capital.

Baseball Day is a new, non-profit event that will officially kick off the spring baseball season, which involves around 5,000 young people in the community. The Day is also designed to encourage youth to participate in sport.

Free baseball clinics were scheduled in the morning for youth from age 7 to 15. The afternoon was to feature a double-header between the 18U Ottawa Knights and the Carleton Russell Aces in the first game and the Hull Volant in the second.

Some of the proceeds raised from the event will be donated to two charities, the Miracle League of Ottawa and the Fergie Jenkins Foundation.

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