For the 18th consecutive year, McKinney will host the American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC) 16U Mickey Mantle World Series. Play begins on Wednesday, July 31 at Al Alford Stadium, located at 2011 White Ave. The tournament will run through Sunday, Aug. 4. Brackets can be found at mmws.org/bracket.html.

The AABC 16U Mickey Mantle World Series is one of the most prestigious events in youth baseball. Through exceptional play, teams from North America earn their way to compete in McKinney for the World Series title.

Many of the youth who compete in the MMWS go on to enjoy collegiate and professional baseball careers. Mark Trumbo of the Los Angeles Angels, Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Blake Beavan of the Seattle Mariners and Dylan Bundy of the Baltimore Orioles are just a few MMWS Alums making their mark in Major League Baseball today.

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Eight of the top 10 16U teams to earn their way to McKinney this year include Puerto Rico, the Michigan Bulls, the San Gabriel Valley Arsenal, the East Cobb Titans, DBAT-Nelson, the Texas Stix, the Midland Sluggers and the Arizona Dodgers. Teams for the South Plains and North Atlantic region will be determined later this week. 

Tickets are $7 for a game pass, $10 for a day pass and $30 for a series pass.

A Welcome to McKinney team dinner is slated for Tuesday, July 30 at Christ Fellowship (2801 Orchid Dr.), from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. City leaders will welcome the teams to McKinney and Dickey's BBQ will provide a buffet dinner.  Kyle Brooks and the Rhythm & Beards will provide entertainment.

On Wednesday, July 31, the First Pitch Ceremony will take place between the 5 p.m. game and the 8 p.m. game (approximately 7:30 p.m.). There will be welcoming comments, and teams will be introduced to the fans.

Following the invocation, a representative of the Mantle family will speak and the colors will be presented by the Shriner's Black Horse Patrol. Zane Williams, McKinney's own award-winning country singer/songwriter and star of television's Troubador, Texas, will sing the National Anthem.

Four-year-old cancer survivor Bryce Dahl will throw out the first pitch to Strikes Against Cancer's Geordon Cox. As a surprise to Dahl, he will be presented with a gift – a baseball glove autographed by Kershaw, who is his favorite player.

TAPS will provide complimentary shuttle service between Al Alford Stadium and Downtown McKinney. Bus schedule will be available and posted prior to tournament.

For more information, visit the website at mmws.org and the blog at mickeymantleworldseries.wordpress.com. There will also be a social presence on Twitter and Facebook.

There are still openings for table sponsors for the team dinner. It’s $100 per table which gets the business/sponsor a table sign, inclusion in the program, a web listing and being announced over the PA system during games. Also, each sponsor will receive an autographed ball from one of the players. Many of these kids wind up in the pros, so some of those balls could be collector’s items. Contact David Gunter at 214-491-8415 or via email at mickeymantlews@yahoo.com.