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Men’s Senior Baseball League Teams to Take a Swing at Lou Gehrig’s Disease

January 14, 2014

The Men’s Senior Baseball League/Men’s Adult Baseball League (MSBL/MABL), the country’s premier amateur baseball league for adults 18 years of age and older, has become a national partner of The ALS Association.

In this role, the MSBL says its organizational goal “is to tap the vast reserves of charitable good will from its leagues across the country to help speed scientific and medical advances in the fight against ALS.”  The organization will support various venues at The Association, specifically the Walk to Defeat ALS®, which raises funds from Walk events across the nation to support patient care programs and ALS research.

The Fort Worth Phillies won the 55 Mountain Division title at the 26th annual MSBL World Seriesl. The tournament drew 325 teams and crowned champions in 31 separate divisions. Image courtesy of MSBL

Association chapters will have the opportunity to collaborate with local MSBL leagues for Walks and other events. In addition, MSBL leagues will have the chance to participate in third-party fundraising events at The Association, such as the One Dollar Difference.

“ALS brought down a baseball legend – Lou Gehrig -– and continues to devastate thousands of lives each year. Now it’s time for baseball to take its swings at this dread disease,” said MSBL Founder and President, Steve Sigler.

”The ALS Association is honored to be selected as MSBL’s new national charity,” said Jane H. Gilbert, President & CEO of The Association. “This partnership will absolutely help to spread ALS awareness in communities across the nation, which will help us to further advance our vision of creating a world without ALS.”

MSBL Player Adolph Hoffman plays in the 75-and-older division and is 90 years of age! Image courtesy of MSBL

“The MSBL and its member leagues across the country have shown a tremendous capacity for giving over the years, and we are honored to join with The ALS Association in this fight to find a cure for ALS someday and to bring comfort and hope to those with ALS today,” Sigler added.

Each year, the MSBL sponsors six national tournaments including its marquis events – the MSBL World Series in Tempe, Ariz., and the Fall Classic now held in Jupiter, Fla. The MSBL’s World Series, which is held each October, began in 1988 with 38 teams and now regularly draws more than 300 teams and nearly 6,000 players per year in 10 age groups including 18, 25, 35, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70, and 75-and-over. The MSBL’s World Series is held on major league spring training fields throughout Ariz., such as Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale, Mesa and beyond with the epicenter at Tempe Diablo Stadium – the spring training home to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

The MSBL’s Fall Classic tournament began in 1991 and averages about 120 participating teams per year. Held for years on the spring training diamonds in and around Clearwater, Fla., the tournament is now based in Jupiter and Port St. Lucie on Florida’s East Coast – the spring training home of the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins, and New York Mets respectively.

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