Updated Friday June 8, 2018 by Roland Park Baseball Leagues. The Roland Park Baseball Leagues began service to the community in 1952. The league is regarded as one of the oldest youth baseball organizations in the United States. Merwin W. “Jake” Jacobson, a Baltimore Oriole from 1919 through 1925, was the driving force in bringing baseball to the Roland Park Community. The Roland Park Midget Baseball League, Inc. was created and chose not to become a member of Little league Baseball of Williamsport, PA. They wanted the league to remain independent of local city and county recreation councils. Their objective was to grow children through baseball, rather than grow baseball with children.
Article one of the league’s bylaws states, “the object shall be to implant the participating boys and girls of the community the ideals of honesty, loyalty, courage, good sportsmanship, teamwork and fair play so that they may become finer, stronger and happier boys and girls and grow to become good clean healthy men and women and responsible citizens. The objective is also to be achieved by providing competitive athletic games. The supervisors will bear in mind, however, that the attainment of exceptional athletic skills as well as the winning of games is secondary to the molding of their characters and personalities.”
The original teams names were picked by the sponsors. The 1952 league was comprised of six teams and 115 players ages 9 through 12.
|Hornets||Auto Dealership of Howard & 25th Streets|
|Chevroliers||City Chevrolet David Mock, 2005 RPBL Treasurer, coached this team|
|Tigers||Commercial Envelope Corporation of Hampden-Woodberry|
|Bearcats||Cummins-Hart Construction Co.|
|Guys||W. Burton Guy Realtor|
|Telecats||The Television Company of Maryland|
Our name changed in 1958 with the addition of “the Pony League”; giving children aged 12 – 14 the opportunity to play baseball after the “midget league”. Hence, we became the Roland Park Baseball Leagues, Inc.
In 1975, our league accepted the applications of Phoebe Flowers, Elizabeth Licht, and Sue Beer. Roland Park Baseball was now a true representative of the community with girls and boys playing on the same teams. Our attempt to start a girl’s softball league in the early ‘90’s was short lived. Thirty years later, Roland Park Baseball cherishes every child with a bat, glove, and a desire to play.
Our league has expanded so that today we have five leagues covering ages 5 through 15. Over 800 children play in the Roland Park Baseball Leagues today. We field 11 travel teams that play in area Travel Leagues, including BCML, HCBL and MABA.
On any given night, we will have as many as 15 games being played simultaneously on our neighborhood fields. Roland Park baseball games will be played at St. Mary’s Seminary, Macsherry Field and Greenfields at Roland Park Elementary & Middle School, Medfield Elementary, Wyman Park, Swann field, Poly and the fields at Mt. Washington near Sinai Hospital.