The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and Baltimore Gas and Electric announced that West Baltimore will be home to the Foundation’s 59th Youth Development Park. Eddie Murray Field at BGE Park will be home to James Mosher Baseball, the oldest continuously operating African-American youth baseball league in the country. Youth Development Parks encourage healthy physical activity and provide mentorship opportunities through youth sports and enrichment programs.
“It’s crucial that we provide our youth with opportunities to play, learn and grow in a positive environment,” says Baseball Hall of Famer and Ripken Foundation Vice Chairman Cal Ripken, Jr. “Kids need caring adults who can teach them important life lessons like teamwork, respect and personal responsibility; they need guidance to be shown that there are other options besides negative influences. It’s great to provide the kids in West Baltimore with a safe place to play and learn.”
Named in honor of Baseball Hall of Famer and Baltimore Orioles legend Eddie Murray, the youth size baseball field will host after-school programming in addition to James Mosher Baseball. These programs will help keep kids safe by providing a positive outlet, mentorship opportunities and a variety of activities that teach life skills.