The junior baseball tournament that brought kids from all over the world to Richmond, is returning home for 2013.
The Metropolitan Junior Baseball League Inner City Classic will return to the fields of Henrico County and the RVA in July. Over 1500 players will compete in the event.
The Metropolitan Junior Baseball League, Inc. (MJBL) is a non-profit organization out of Richmond, Virginia that was formed in 1966. In 1991, MJBL launched its Inner City Classic in Columbia, SC. It was designed to provide urban youth the opportunity to travel to other cities, compete in the game of baseball and to be exposed to diverse cultures.
As the Classic grew, it became apparent that this event would fulfill a niche for a segment population to once again embrace the game of baseball. Thus, through this evolution, MJBL has expanded its scope to offer league play and a championship tournament on a national level. In 2008, MJBL began to annually crown a National Champion for the 12 and under age group at the MJBL World Series. MJBL continues to coordinate with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU's) to host the Classic, and it is offered to youth ages 10 through 19 to expose them to the educational and cultural enrichment opportunities that are available to them through these institutions of higher learning.