The highly-competitive league - which includes 13 teams with players ranging from college-aged to players who may be old enough to have kids in college – began play Tuesday.
Mayor Daniel Brown, former Knoxville mayor and Ambassador Victor Ashe, Harlow Sumerford representing U.S. Rep. John Duncan Jr., and Councilman Joe Bailey spoke during the ceremony.
“Naming this league after him is a small gesture of our respect and gratitude for Ed Bailey,” Brown said, “but I think having a baseball league named for him is something he would have really liked.
Ed Bailey served on City Council from 1983-1995. He died in 2007.