Councilmember Gray Honored by Nationals

Former Mayor Celebrated for Lifelong Public Service August 28th

Councilmember Vincent C. Gray (Ward 7-D) poses with members of the Benning Terrace Soldiers baseball team. The team participated in both the 2016 and 2017 Ward 7 Championship games, winning the 2016 contest. Photo: Courtesy Janis Hazel

The Washington Nationals honored Councilmember Vincent C. Gray for his service in the community at Ward 7 night at Nationals Park, which took place Monday August 28. The evening featured a video presentation retrospective of his lifelong career in public service.

“Each season, the Nationals welcome the Members of the Council of the District of Columbia and their constituents as a way to say thank you for their unique contributions to our city,” said a Nationals spokesman.

Councilmember Gray has been a public servant in the District of Columbia for more than 30 years. He served as Mayor of the District of Columbia from 2011 to 2015, Council Chair from 2007 to 2011 and as Ward 7 Councilmember from 2005 to 2007. He was sworn in as the current Ward 7 Councilmember January 2nd 2017, and is the Chairman of the Committee on Health.

Councilmember Gray had a natural aptitude for the game of baseball as a youth, “I was a ball player from the moment I picked up a bat,” he says. His youth league was located at the Sherwood Recreation Center at the corner of 10th Street and G Street NE.

As an older student, Gray played baseball for the Dunbar High School “Crimson Tide,” and enjoyed playing competitively for years as an adult. Gray was scouted by both the White Sox and the Dodgers, but was encouraged by his parents to attend George Washington University instead.

During Gray’s Mayoral Administration he put $17.7 million into the budget for construction of the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy. As Chairman of the Council, Gray advocated for the Academy to be located in Ward 7, as he worked with the U.S. Department of the Interior to acquire the nine-acres of federal land for the three-field complex.

Also honored at Ward 7 night were the Benning Terrace Soldiers baseball team, a youth baseball team that won the 2016 Ward 7 Baseball League Championship.  A group of one hundred Ward 7 residents was provided complimentary tickets to join in the celebration.