Clarksburg in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
A Real Field of Dreams
For a farmer to take land out of cultivation was a real sacrifice. The loss was worthwhile to Jim Wims. His children had opportunities here to explore their future potential. Like other youth in the mid 1900s Montgomery. County, the Wims children did not follow in their father's footsteps as a farmer. Instead his four sons and two daughters all sought and succeeded in professional and trade pursuits.
Jim's son, Wilson, played for the Hyattstown Bluebirds. He later managed and co-owned the Maryland Wildcats, a local traveling semi-professional baseball team that played at Wims Meadow until the late 1950s. Like his father, Wilson worked to provide better recreational opportunities for his surrounding community, including the creation of the Clarksburg Recreation Center.
From the Sandlot… Typically only one baseball game was played on Sunday afternoon at this location, as many guests walked the meadow after Sunday church service. Attendance for local games was impressive. Thousands of folks — mainly from
…to the Big Leagues! Patrons attended baseball games fielded by local stars who struggled to become professional Negro League baseball players. From the 1880s until 1946, baseball was segregated, prohibiting black athletes from participating in the Major Leagues. Local sandlot games were regularly attended by county residents. Many residents also traveled to professional Negro League games nearby to watch the Homestead Grays play at Griffith Stadium in Washington D.C. and the Baltimore Black Sox and Elite Giants in Baltimore, Maryland.
Location. 39° 16.388′ N, 77° 17.571′ W. Marker is in Clarksburg, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from Hyattstown Mill Road (The Western Piedmont Trail). Click for map. In Little Bennett Regional Park about 3/4 of a mile northwest of the Kingsley Schoolhouse parking lot. Marker is in this post office area: Clarksburg MD 20871, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Women on the Homefront in Montgomery County (approx. 0.8 Welcome to Froggy Hollow (approx. one mile away); Our Daily Bread (approx. 1.1 miles away); Hyattstown Mill (approx. 1.1 miles away); Hyattstown (approx. 1.2 miles away); Tavern Life at Dowden's Ordinary (approx. 2.6 miles away); Dowden's Ordinary: A French & Indian War Site (approx. 2.6 miles away); Archaeology at Dowden's Ordinary (approx. 2.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Clarksburg.
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