ELIZABETH, NJ – Mayor Christian Bollwage threw out the first ball on Wednesday before approximately 600 spectators at Brophy Field as part of Play Ball Month, a joint program of Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball and the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

More than 125 cities in 34 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico have signed on as Play Ball cities. Each city’s mayor is committed to sponsor a baseball or softball-related activity during August.

Bollwage opened the program, saying, “Welcome to all of you, to those of you who picked up a bat for the first time to those who are playing. The first game is between the Elmora Youth League team, who are 10 years old, and the 10 year-olds on the team from the North Elizabeth League, then the girls play. Finally, the old people like me will play.”