Eddie Murray Field at BGE Park Groundbreaking
Cal Ripkin Foundation Partners with James Mosher AssociatesUpdated Sunday November 20, 2016 by James Mosher Baseball.
With seventy degree temperatures on a near perfect day on November 18, 2016, President Steve Salem of the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation along with the members of James Mosher Baseball helped to broke ground on a new youth development park at the James Mosher Elementary School field here in Rosemont. Those in attendance include such greats as Orioles legends Cal Ripken Jr., Eddie Murray and Brooks Robinson along with Mayor Cathy Pugh, the CEO of BGE, Calvin Butler, State Delegate Antonio Hayes, and Police Commissioner Kevin Davis and a host of other dignitaries.
The field located at 2400 West Mosher Street is the 61st youth development park built by the Ripken foundation and is the first of its kind which is designed exclusively for baseball. The foundation and its partners build their parks with the goal of creating recreational spaces for children to get involved with sports in a safe environments. This project with a cost of over $1 million and will be named Eddie Murray Field at BGE Park Home of James Mosher Baseball. Eddie Murray nicknamed "Steady Eddie", is a former Major League Baseball (MLB) first baseman and designated hitter. Eddie Murrayhit more than 500 home runs and recorded over 3200 hits spending most of his MLB career with the Baltimore Orioles. Eddie ranks fourth in team history in both games played and hits.
The primary contributor to the project is BGE whose CEO Calvin Butler said that building this particular youth park in West Baltimore is in part a response to the unrest that took place in the Sandtown-Winchester community in April of 2015 just blocks away from the James Mosher field.
"We are telling this community on the west side of Baltimore that we heard you loud and clear, and that's why we're here," and that the company's support behind the park illustrates BGE’s engagement in the community as part of its 200th anniversary. By sponsoring ball games, community festivals and developing BGE's legacy gift program to provide scholarships for young people and through the youth parks, "our legacy will live on," Mr Butler said.
The turf field at James Mosher Elementary School will offer a new state of the art playing surface for the baseball league which has played youth baseball on this field since it was founded in 1960. The Ripken Foundation hopes to have the park completed in time for the spring baseball season which begins every year on the third Saturday in April.
In addition to BGE, other sponsors include Plank Industries, Under Armour, Bon Secours Health System, Lewis Contractors, the T. Rowe Price Foundation, War Horse, Sports Fields Inc. and CareFirst, among others. James Mosher also extends a special thank you to Mr. Mark Butler, CEO of Ollie's and the Chairman of the Board of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation.
William Neal, president of James Mosher Associates reiterated the point that this great work and partnership is only a beginning for other great things to come for the hundreds of children who come through this baseball program every year. He reminded everyone of the previous commitment of the membership of James Mosher for over a half a century. James Mosher Baseball is the longest continuous operating African-American program in the country.