Hagerstown Braves 1952 (J. V. Jamison, Jr.)
J. V. Jamison, Jr.
MUCH more than a booster of baseball locally, J. V. Jamison, Jr., prominent Hagerstown industrialist and civic leader, has been the moving spirit of organized baseball here for nearly half a century. His influence has not been confined to this city, however — nor even to this state.
Mr. Jamison's interest in sports in general traces back to his public school days in this city, continuing through his undergraduate days at St. John's College, in Annapolis. A natural athlete, he became a three-letter man in college, taking as easily to tennis and football as he did to his favorite, baseball. His classmates did not have to deliberate long before naming him best athlete of the graduating class of 1905.
Fortunately, leaving college and entering the field of manufacturing did not terminate Mr. Jamison's connection with sports. Already a seasoned outfielder, he was a familiar figure on local amateur and semi-pro baseball teams until his election as president of the Tri-City Amateur League — which he used as a tool to help bring about the organization of the professional Blue Ridge League. As president of the Blue Ridge circuit from 1915 through 1930, he developed one of the finest Class D minor leagues in the nation, ultimately supplying to baseballdom such names as Bill Sherdel, Lefty Grove and Hack Wilson.
Mr. Jamison served on the commission which selected the late Judge Landis as baseball's first high commissioner, and later held many offices in the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues' appointive administration, including several terms on the Board of Arbitration and the Junior World Series Board. At one time he was also in charge of an inter-city series between the Chicago Cubs and White Sox.
Despite preoccupation with baseball affairs on a national level, Mr. Jamison has always contributed generously of both time and energy to the promotion of baseball in this city and county. As a member of the Hagerstown Field Athletic Association, he was instrumental in the planning and building of the present Municipal Stadium; he was a key figure in effecting the return of organized baseball here, by helping persuade Oren E. Sterling to move his franchise to Hagerstown, thereby admitting this city to the Class B Interstate League in 1941. Five years later Mr. Jamison was honored by being elected president of the circuit, a post which he held with spectacular success during the trying post-war years.
The dedication of this program for the Hagerstown Braves' 1952 baseball season to Mr. Jamison is a humble attempt to further honor a man who has become a living symbol of our national sport… and of the high ideals and standards it glorifies.
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Hagerstown (Md.), history; Baseball
Hagerstown (Md.), 1952