Community Service "Bring Your Boots"

    Easterwood Park Renovation
    1530 N Bentalou Street, Baltimore, MD 21216

    The Mid-Atlantic Sports Turf Managers Association (MASTMA) in conjunction with the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association (MRPA) and the City of Baltimore are renovating a baseball field that supports the James Mosher Baseball League, the oldest African American little league in the United States. To support this effort, MASTMA is soliciting materials and financial donations.

    James Mosher Baseball League

    In 1959, a group of five men, Archie Lewis, Roland Ganges, Bernard Stokes, Sr., Alphonso Cottman, and Edward Watson, began to meet and exchange ideas concerning the social and personal problems of the youth in the City of Baltimore. It was believed that a wholesome, well-organized program of sports activities would not only be beneficial to the youth but to the community as well. These activities would help to decrease juvenile delinquency and create a positive influence in the lives of the participants. As part of its founding philosophy, the organization adopted the following aims and purposes:

    • To elevate and advance the moral, intellectual and social conditions of the youth of the community and combat juvenile delinquency. To encourage and promote good sportsmanship and encourage citizenship through sponsoring, promoting and supporting non-profit little league activities.

    • To advise and assist in coordinating activities related to the operation of little league sports activities and to stimulate public interest, support and participation of the community with respect to such activities.

    James Mosher Baseball originally started as a six-team league in 1960 with 18 boys on each team. The initial five founders decided to put in an order for 108 uniforms and other equipment without having a sponsor or knowing exactly from where the money was coming to pay for the items. But the founders had faith in the businessmen and other agencies in the community. Today, the league now includes 19 teams for boys and girls ages 4-15. The association and baseball league take its name from James Mosher Elementary School located adjacent to the baseball fields where games are played. James Mosher was a Revolutionary War Colonel and prominent Baltimorean.

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