Leon Day Little League Shines at Leon Day Park


The founding of Leon Day Park three years ago has worked magic for the children and families who were neighbors of National Baseball Hall of Famer Leon Day (Ď95).  Leonís love and involvement with children made it clear that the love of athletics is a key to keeping them off the streets and away from drugs.  Peter Angelos, majority owner of the Baltimore Orioles, funded the diamonds, basketball courts, playground, fabulous lighting system, dugouts and viewing stands at Leon Day Park in the Rosemont Community of downtown Baltimore.  The playground is particularly a source of pride that attracts families from all around, bringing the neighborhood together with great purpose. 

 
     

 

 

 

 

 

Leon Day, Jr. under the new sign at the park
named after his grandpa, June 8, 2002.

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Geraldine Day (widow of Leon HOF Ď95) instructs the Leon Day Little Leaguers pointing to a portrait of her husband in the instruction room/museum at Leon Day Park.

On August 10, 2002 around 11 AM, the end of season awards ceremony will be held at Leon Day Park (1200 Franklintown Rd.) to honor the best players on four Leon Day Little League teams.  Trophies will be awarded to all the players, but thanks to donations from Hieronimus & Co., Inc. (promoting the legacy of Negro Leagues Baseball for over ten years), the top players will also be treated to autographed sports hero collectibles.  The Best Hitters, Fielders, Pitchers and Most Improved Players will receive authenticated autographed items like a Tiger Woods Nike ballcap, a Ray Lewis Ravens football helmet, and autographed items from Cal Ripken, Jr. Sammy Sosa, Mark McGuire, and Leon Day.  Hieronimus & Co. will also present to the League an assortment of Negro League, Babe Ruth and Jackie Robinson collectibles, and a library of books on the history and superstars of the Negro Baseball Leagues.   On hand to award these items will be Leonís widow, Mrs. Geraldine Day, her 8-year-old grandson, Leon Day, Jr., and the commissioner of the Leon Day Little League, Paul Phair (contact: 410-978-8512).  

Hope to see you there.  The Spirit of Leon Day lives on!

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Hieronimus & Co., Inc., P.O. Box 648, Owings Mills, MD 21117 USA
Voice Mail: (410) 356-4852 Fax: (410) 356-6229

 

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