2012 Field Renovation Project Completed
Sponsors Recognized at Ribbon Cutting CeremonyUpdated Tuesday January 14, 2014 by James Mosher Baseball League.
On Saturday, May 5, 2012, the James Mosher Baseball League held a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the completion of its 2012 Field Renovation Project. State Senator Catherine Pugh, State Delegate Shawn Tarrant and Baltimore City Council President Bernard “Jack” Young were among the elected leaders who participated in the celebration. Located at James Mosher Elementary School in West Baltimore, the fields have been used by the James Mosher Baseball League since 1960. Renovations were initially proposed by the league to Baltimore City Public Schools in 2007 but budgetary limitations restricted any work that could be done outside of standard field maintenance.
Due to the lack of available public resources, the league turned to private sources for assistance. Starting with a lead investment from Grant Capital Management and subsequent support from The Abell Foundation, The James Riepe Family Foundation and Ms. Violetta Neal-Leonard, the league raised a total of $116,000 to perform critical work on the infields of its two primary 60-foot diamonds. Renovations were completed in May 2012 and include a sprinkler system to maintain the infield sod and baseline areas. The refurbished fields allow the organization to establish competition with other leagues in the Baltimore area as well as host tournaments for 12 and under youth leagues. In a time when many Baltimore City recreational options are closing, the league continues its long tradition of spring and summer play for over inner city 300 youth.
Founded in 1960 by the James Mosher Associates, a 501(c)(3) organization, James Mosher Baseball is believed to be the oldest continuously operating African-American youth baseball league in the country. James Mosher Baseball is an independent youth baseball organization and is not affiliated with Little League International. The organization has an active roster of over 60 adult volunteers who meet throughout the year. The volunteers are dedicated, committed individuals who involve themselves wholeheartedly into the program and willingly give their time, talent, and energy so that the league’s philosophy may become a reality.
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