Philly, Cincy mayors bet kids books over NL series

The mayors of Cincinnati and Philadelphia have placed a wager on

the NL playoffs that will provide thousands of books to kids

regardless of which team wins.

The Philadelphia Phillies beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-0 in Game 1

of the NL division series Wednesday behind Roy Halladay’s

no-hitter, only the second in postseason baseball history.

Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory and Philadelphia Mayor Michael

Nutter have agreed that the winning city will be given 2,000

donated books for needy children.

The losing city will also receive 1,000 books donated by First

Book, a Washington, D.C.-based charity that provides books to kids

without access to reading material.

The mayors say the bet will address one of their communities’

most urgent needs by improving literacy.