November 15, 2017 – Baltimore Orioles’ legends and Baseball Hall of Famers Cal Ripken, Jr. and Eddie Murray joined Lt. Governor Rutherford Boyd, BG&E CEO Calvin Butler, City officials and more than a dozen members of the Baltimore City Police Department’s “Badges & Baseball” initiative as the newest Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation’s baseball field was dedicated in West Baltimore.
This “outdoor classroom”, as described by Foundation CEO Steve Salem, was constructed by Lewis Contractors and is the newest of a dozen fields completed by the firm. It will be home to the James Mosher Little League program, America’s oldest continuously operating baseball program for African American youth. The program’s more than founder was in attendance for the dedication and was received with applause which exceeded that for the baseball legends in attendance. Started in 1960, the James Mosher Baseball program was also well represented by current volunteers, coaches, and representative members from the teams. A plaque on the brick wall just outside the field itself memorializes the founders of the program for future generations to come.
Built to youth baseball standards, this latest synthetic surface field will help to provide recreational, educational and athletic experiences to Baltimore’s at risk, underserved youth. Gifted to Baltimore City Public Schools, and sponsored in large part as a legacy gift in honor of BG&E’s 200th anniversary, Eddie Murray Field at BGE Park was celebrated first by a bear hug between Cal Ripken, Jr. and Eddie Murray and later by players of the James Mosher Baseball Little League taking to the field for the first time. Both Hall of Famers mentioned that this field is of particular significance to the legacy of Cal Ripken Sr.’s dedication to youth and expressed their belief that the field will enhance West Baltimore beyond measure. Eddie Murray said, “I think these kids are going to have fun here…they’re going to play together and hopefully, just be kids.”
The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation has built 74 such fields across the country—including 12 in Maryland and 9 in Baltimore. Lewis Contractors is proud to partner with the Foundation as we continue to construct these fields which bring together multiple generations for “America’s Greatest Pastime” and improve the neighborhoods in which they are built.