July 23, 2018 | by: DCGrays.com Press
WASHINGTON, D.C. – – With the conclusion of our 2018 season on Sunday, the D.C Grays would like to thank all of those who contributed to making this summer so special. We’d like to thank our sponsors, host families, supporters, and fans for everything that you do to help the Grays operation run smoothly.
Secondly, a thank you to the Nationals Youth Academy and their staff for being such welcoming hosts for our home games.
Finally, we’d like to thank our players and coaches for the incredible season both on and off the field. See you in 2019!
July 15, 2018 | by: DCGrays.com Press
WASHINGTON, D.C. – – On Thursday, the DC Grays joined with Major League Baseball to salute legendary Homestead Grays catcher Josh Gibson, one of the greatest sluggers to ever pick up a bat. MLB unveiled a mural of Gibson on the side of the Lincoln Theater, across from the original Ben’s Chili Bowl on U Street NW.
DC Grays players Jawan McAllister (Longwood University) and Ryan Shaw (University of Richmond) were on hand for the festivities at the request of Sean Gibson. Gibson is Josh’s grandson and the executive director of the Josh Gibson Foundation.
The DC Grays are a proud member of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League – one of the premier wood bat summer college leagues in the U.S.
Josh Gibson, 12-time Negro League All-Star catcher, was the cleanup hitter for the Homestead Grays who played home games at Griffith Stadium in Washington D.C. The Grays won an unprecedented nine consecutive Negro National League pennants with Gibson behind the plate. Gibson went on to play with multiple clubs before retiring in 1946. In 1972, Gibson became the second Negro League player to be inducted in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Sean Gibson referenced the DC Grays in his remarks, and called McAllister and Shaw to the podium. The Grays are named in honor of the Homestead Grays, and strive to honor the Grays’ legacy and their important place in the history of baseball in Washington, DC. Then Grays host a Salute to Negro League Baseball each season, in partnership with the Hubert Simmons Negro League Museum in Owings Mills, MD.
“It was so great to see Jawan and Ryan at the event,” said Sean Gibson. “The DC Grays are keeping the legacy alive in Washington, and I know that my grandfather and his teammates would love what the Grays are doing to honor the history of the Negro Leagues.” Gibson and DC Grays Baseball President are working on future ways the two groups can collaborate to celebrate the Grays and baseball i8n Washington. The Josh Gibson Foundation is based in Pittsburgh, but will be working with the Grays to become more active in Washington, DC.
The Grays will also be honoring the legacy of the great Jackie Robinson at a Capitol Hill event on Tuesday hosted by Jackie Robinson Foundation.
July 9, 2018 | by: DCGrays.com Press
BETHESDA, M.D. – – With the Cal Ripken Collegiate League All-Star game approaching on July 11th, three D.C Grays were selected as a part of the 33-man roster that will represent the South division. Those three players are OF Jahleel Sewer (Virginia State), OF Mitch McIntyre (BYU) and P Isaac Olson (Cincinnati). P J.P. Woodward (Lafayette) has also been named an alternate for the All-Star contest.
OF Jahleel Sewer has been one of the most consistent contributors for the D.C Grays offense this summer. Despite missing a few games with a hand injury, Sewer has still amassed a .387 batting average, good enough for fourth in the Cal Ripken league. He also leads the league with a .525 on-base-percentage and is tied for second in stolen bases with 17.
Batting just before Sewer in many of the games this summer has been OF Mitch McIntyre, creating a dangerous combo for opposing pitchers. McIntyre is fourth in the league in home runs (4) and fifth in RBI (23), giving the Grays its main source of power. He has also been an impressive pitcher for the staff, allowing just one earned run in nine complete innings.
Ace Isaac Olson was also named to the team, due to his dominance on the bump this summer. Olson sits tied for the league lead with three wins and sits at eighth with an impressive 2.46 ERA in 29.1 innings. His true dominance has been picking up strikeouts for the Grays as he sits tied for fifth in the league with 32.
J.P Woodward was named an alternate for the South division team due to his impressive summer thus far. Woodward has pitched the most innings in the Cal Ripken league with 38 and he has made batters pay. He sits fifth in the league with a 1.90 ERA and has added 29 strikeouts this season.
These D.C Grays will be in action at the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Game on July 11th at Shirley Povich Field in Bethesda, Maryland.