Cumberland, Maryland (Sports)
SPORTS IN CUMBERLAND
1. Was professional baseball ever played in Cumberland? When? Where? Who were the outstanding athletes on the team? Was much amateur baseball played in Cumberland? Where were the ballparks located? Who were the outstanding amateur baseball players in the area? When did they play? Were any particular teams especially good?
On May 19, 1871, a game was played between the Notables and Keokuk baseball clubs of this city, on the common near where the new railroad hotel was to be erected (The Queen City Hotel). This game was won by the Notables. The score was 53 - 28. A great number of baseball teams were in Cumberland over the years, both amateur and semi-pro. Fenced-in ballparks were located on Flat Street (Avirett Avenue), 1904, near the Potomac River; South Cumberland Ballpark, 1912; Taylor Field, at Queen Street and Lexington Avenue; the Mid-City Ballpark, 1923, on Wineow Street. Amateur ball fields were the Rolling Mill Diamond, south of the B &0 Rolling Mill and west of Maryland Avenue; Stoney Battery Diamond, at the end of Columbia and Shriver Avenues at the foot of Wills Mountain; First and Second Flats on McNamees Hill back of Allegany High School; and the County Field off Valley Street between Furnace Street Extended and Valley Road. Between the early 1920's and 1930's outstanding amateur players were Joe Busky from the Liberty Athletic Club, Humphrey "Hump" Johnson, Henry "Diddy" Stitcher, the Underdonk Brothers, John and Bill, the Lippold Brothers, Charles and Frank, Mike Diehl, Hubert Radcliff, and Brindle Long. These men played semi-pro ball with the Cumberland Colts. Cumberland, for many years, had a professional ball team known as the
Miller, Herman J.
Mayor and Council, City of Cumberland
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Cumberland (Md.), history
Cumberland (Md.), 1700-1976