D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray stands at the plate at Brentwood Hamilton Field in Northeast, a diamond where he played as a child. His favorite Washington player was Mickey Vernon. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray stands at the plate at Brentwood Hamilton Field in Northeast, a diamond where he played as a child. His favorite Washington player was Mickey Vernon. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)