Sales of The Black Keys shirts to help West Akron Little League soar in first day

UPDATE: ABJ reports jerseys are almost sold out

AKRON, Ohio - UPDATE: According to our news partners at the Akron Beacon Journal , the limited edition Black Keys jerseys have raised a little more than $25,000 for West Akron Little Leaguers.

First day sales of The Black Keys shirt for the West Akron Baseball League are hotter than a .400 hitters bat.

Since the sales began Monday morning, shirt sales have raised $10,000 to assist the little league program.

Last year, The Black Keys sponsored a team in the West Akron Little League. The cost for uniforms for the team dubbed the Orioles, was $300. This year the musicians of The Black Keys, Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach, sponsored a team but when also had the idea of selling a Black Keys West Akron t-shirt.

"It's great that local guys who've made it big have come back to support the community," said Steve Milkovich, head coach of the Orioles.

Milkovich played catch with his 8-year-old son, Max, in a park where some of the league's games are played. Max wore last years' jersey, signed by Carney and Auerbach. The duo had the team send them the shirts after the season. They signed each of them and returned the orange shirts autographed.

The league will use money raised this year to pay for playing field rentals, equipment, umpire fees and to help defray the $95 each child pays to join the league. In total 550 kids play all levels of baseball, including tee ball, ages of participants are from 5 to 18 years old.

Mike Dies is the league's president and has been stunned by the international reaction to the shirt in just one day.

"They went on sale at 11 a.m. (Monday) and we just found out in 24 hours, we've had over $10,000 in sales."

The shirts have "The Black Keys 02" on the back, the "02" Dies says is from the year the duo formed The Black Keys.

Response has been so strong, it took the West Akron Baseball League's website down for a while Tuesday afternoon.

Shirts are available at The Black Keys website or from the West Akron Baseball League's site .

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