BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Orioles Hall of Famer Eddie Murray was honored Wednesday afternoon with a baseball field bearing his name.
The artificial turf field was part of the Cal Ripken Senior Foundation Project, as a gift to Baltimore’s City School System. The field sits behind James Mosher Elementary School.
The field will be used for after-school programming, in addition to James Mosher baseball, the oldest continuously operating African-American youth baseball league in the country. Officials say these programs will help keep kids safe by providing a positive outlook, mentorship opportunities, and a variety of activities that teaches life skills.
“To actually see the ballpark here, I think these kids are gonna have some fun out here,” Murray said. “I think they’re gonna play together, and hopefully we can just get kids to stop some of the worries and you know, get out of the house and play.”
“The kids are so extremely lucky to have somebody that cares about them, someone that knows their baseball, and that they’re going to give values with them as well as teach them a little bit about baseball,” Cal Ripken Jr. said.
The field features dugouts, a backstop, and a digital scoreboard.
Eddie Murray Field is the second of five brand new fields promised for West Baltimore by the Cal Ripken Senior Foundation.
Since 2009, the Ripken Foundation has created 74 ballparks across the country in 21 states. 12 of these ballparks are in Maryland.