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Bristol White Sox donate books, time to kids

By Meredith Machen, mmachen@wcyb.com
Published On: Jul 10 2013 04:48:12 PM CDT
BRISTOL, Va. -

From bats to books, the Bristol White Sox are giving back to their smallest fans.

Wednesday, the team donated 75 books to the Bristol Public Library collected at their home game Monday night in hopes of encouraging literacy among children within the city.

Pitchers Devin Moore and Matt Ball, with the spirited support of the Bristol White Sox mascot Dingbat, read their favorite baseball stories to children.

The players said they hope this encourages kids to develop a love of reading, and it's a simple way to say 'thank you'.

"It's cool to get an opportunity to help out the kids who are kind of our biggest fan base and get a chance to meet them and let them meet us," said Ball.

"You want mentors that are excited to give back to you and to read to you so it's definitely a good step," Moore said.

The Bristol White Sox are offering two free tickets to children who fill out reading logs with the library and meet their targeted goals.