Eddie Murray Field at BGE Park Home of James Mosher Baseball
Ribbon Cutting for New Ripken Youth ParkUpdated Monday February 26, 2018 by James Mosher Baseball.
BGE, Ripken Foundation Unveil Eddie Murray Field
At BGE Park
Home of James Mosher Baseball
Rocked by the many demonstrations and unrest in Baltimore City following the death of Freddie Gray on April 19, 2015, Sandtown-Winchester lived through was one of the worst experience it has seen since the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King in 1968, fifty years earlier. In spite of all the chaos and confusion in the community dating back for decades, there has always been baseball at James Mosher Elementary School in west Baltimore.
The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation along with the assistance of several other community oriented organizations decided it was time to step up its efforts in West Baltimore and began the plans to build a youth development park at James Mosher Elementary School P. S. #144. Even though the Ripken, Sr. Foundation has built numerous development parks across the country, Eddie Murray Field will be the first, baseball only facility.
James Mosher Baseball is believed to be the oldest continuously operating African-American youth leagues in the United States and because it has such a tremendous impact on the community is one reason the Ripken Foundation identified the league to support and to help reshape the relationships between law enforcement and youths in communities underserved by the government and major corporations.
“For generations, they’ve been able to provide youth with a support system while teaching them valuable life lessons through the game of baseball,” Salem said. “Their commitment to the game and to bettering the community is truly remarkable. The coaches deserve this field, the kids deserve this field, and the community deserves this field.
On November 15, 2017 The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation and BGE unveiled Eddie Murray Field at BGE Park, Home of James Mosher Baseball Field. The new Eddie Murray Field at BGE Park will provide a safe place for kids in the west Baltimore community to play baseball and learn other valuable lessons to become successful young adults. The field, at 2400 W. Mosher St., is named in honor of the Baseball Hall of famer, Eddie Murray.
Home of James Mosher was added to the name of the field as a tribute to the great men and women who have invested countless hours of volunteer service to the children in the community since the league was founded almost 60 years ago.
Eddie Clarence Murray, nicknamed "Steady Eddie", is a former Major League Baseball first baseman and designated hitter. Spending most of his MLB career with the Baltimore Orioles, he ranks fourth in team history in both games played and hits. Though "Steady Eddie" never won a Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award, he finished in the top ten in MVP voting several times. After his playing career, Murray coached for the Orioles, Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles Dodgers. Eddie hit a career total of 504 HR, 297 BA, with a total of 1917RBI's.
He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003. In the New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract (2001), Murray is described as the fifth-best first baseman in major league history. He was 77th on the list of the Baseball's 100 Greatest Players by The Sporting News (1998).
“I think, this field is going to be an outstanding place to come," Murray said at the ribbon cutting. "When I saw the board out there of the replica of what the field should be, you couldn't help but light up and smile. …This is really, really nice." The finished product proved Eddie Murray’s words very true.
“Like the James Mosher Baseball League, BGE has deep roots in Baltimore, and we are extremely proud to provide this legacy gift to the city we have called home for more than 200 years,” said Calvin G. Butler Jr., chief executive officer for BGE. “This youth development park will have a lasting impact on young people by providing them with a healthy environment where they can build skills and experiences necessary for success as adults.”
Eddie Murray Field at BGE Park features a synthetic turf baseball diamond equipped with dugouts, a backstop, and a digital scoreboard. The baseball field will be gifted to and maintained by the Baltimore City Public School system along with the volunteers from James Mosher Baseball. BGE’s support of this and other corporate citizenship programs is made possible through the use of Exelon shareholder dollars. Additional project partners include the State of Maryland, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, Under Armour, FIELDS, Bon Secours, Baltimore Health System Foundation, T. Rowe Price Foundation.
Thanks to all who contributed in so many ways.