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Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cleveland's mayor wagered on baseball charities./Sun-Times file photo 0

Chicago, Cleveland mayors keep wager classy

November 8th, 2016

Apparently Clevelanders are superstitious.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson doesn’t bet other mayors on the outcome of sporting series–something about having lost a bet years ago and now he considers it bad luck. So there was no wager or exchange of deep dish Chicago pizza for Cleveland’s Bertman’s Original Ballpark Mustard.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel offered another option.

Struck by Cleveland’s gracious fans, he called Jackson and suggested they each donate $1,000 to youth baseball programs in their respective cities in an effort to recognize good sportsmanship.

Emanuel donated to the Play Ball Initiative run through the Chicago Parks Foundation. It supports youth baseball in Englewood, Humbolt Park and other neighborhoods.

Jackson chose the Historic League Park in Cleveland.

Emanuel attended a Play Ball event a few days before the Cubs won the World Series along with Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, Hall of Famers Ken Griffey Jr. and Fergie Jenkins, Cubs legends Kerry Wood, Mark Prior and Matt Clement and  Chicago’s own Curtis Granderson of the New York Mets and winner of Major League Baseball’s  Roberto Clemente Award (for his charitable efforts).

That event was held at Kerry Wood Cubs Field, a new facility brought to reality by the former Cubs pitcher.


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