Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake gives the thumbs up from a cherry picker after releasing a banner on the front of City Hall wishing the Baltimore Orioles "Good Luck" in their remaining 2012 American League Division Series games. (Kim Hairston, Baltimore Sun / October 10, 2012)

Escorting players from the Negro League during the 1993 All-Star Game at Camden Yards was among her life’s “most amazing experiences,” Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Wednesday.

And the possibility for Baltimore to again host the Midsummer Classic is an exciting proposition, she said.

“I just remember the energy that we had in the city — besides the fact that, I think, it was probably the hottest week of the whole summer,” Rawlings-Blake said.

“It was an incredible showcase of Baltimore. We really got to show off the charm of Charm City, and I would love an opportunity to do that again. It was a really great time. It was well done, and it is something I will never forget.”

The mayor, then a recent Oberlin College graduate, was a volunteer at the event. She was assigned to help escort players from the Negro Leagues who were highlighted as part of the event, Rawlings-Blake said.

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig said recently that Baltimore is a “very, very viable candidate” to host the 2016 All-Star Game. The classic has been held in the city twice before, once in 1993 and once in 1958.

"I have great feelings for Baltimore," Selig said last week. He has the power to decide where the game will be played.

Hosting the game is expected to bring thousands of visitors and pump millions of dollars into the local economy.

She called Selig’s consideration the “ultimate compliment.”

"Not only will the All-Star Game provide an opportunity for Baltimore to continue to be a part of baseball history, but an opportunity to showcase our world-class stadium and boost the local economy,” Rawlings-Blake has said.

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