The Black Keys are selling T-shirts on their website to benefit the West Akron Baseball League, with all funds from the shirts going to the league. According to MTV, the shirts went on sale Monday (March 10th). Each one is designed by drummer Patrick Carney‘s brother Michael and features the league’s logo on its front and the number 02 on its back, with “The Black Keys” printed where the player’s name might be.
- Patrick and Black Keys singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach used to play in the league as children and sponsored their former team in 2013, now expanding their efforts to help out the entire league.
- Patrick said, “Dan and I played little league when we were kids before we got into music, it was a really positive hobby that kept us from sitting around watching TV. We are proud to be sponsoring W.A.B.L to hopefully offset some of the leagues expenses and get more kids outside having fun.”
- Auerbach told us that the duo have known each other since childhood:
- “We grew up in the same neighborhood, so I mean, we’ve known each other since we were like six or seven and he lived around the corner. His dad’s house was a block from my house, so — but we were in different grades, so we didn’t really hang out much. We just knew each other from the neighborhood. You know, we took the same school bus or whatever.”
- The league plans to use whatever funds are raised to buy new uniforms, replace benches and backstops, upgrade equipment and keep its registration fees reasonable.
- The organization will also donate its old equipment to other local baseball leagues.
- The Black Keys have a string of festival appearances on tap for this summer, and will reportedly release their eighth studio album later this year.