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Leon Day Park

 
 
Leon Day Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 18, 2008
1. Leon Day Park Marker
Inscription. This park is named for Leon Day, an outstanding player in the Negro Leagues who was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. A resident of southwest Baltimore, Day joined the Baltimore Black Sox in 1934 when African Americans could not play in the Major or Minor Leagues He went on to excel as a second baseman and pitcher for several teams and returned to Baltimore in the 1940s as a member of the Elite Giants He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1995 just a few days before he died.

Leon Day played every position in the field but catch, and he played them all magnificently.
Owner of a baseball team

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The flour-producing Five Mills at Calverton, located at the eastern end of this meadow in the 1800s, were powered by water from a millrace that extended from here to Dickeyville.

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The Baltimore Elite Giants (below), 1949 Negro National League champions: (top row, from left) Joe Back, Leroy Farrell, (first name unknown) Davidson, Monte Pearson, Bill Byrd, Al Wilmore, Bob Romby, Johnny Hayes, Junior Gilliam, Manager Hoss Walker; (bottom row) Butch Davis, Lester Lockett, Sylvester Rodgers, Henry Kimbro, Coach Vic Harris, Henry Baylis, Frazier Robinson, Frank Russell, Peewee Butts, and Leon Day.
 
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Leon Day Park Marker with baseball field in background image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 18, 2008
2. Leon Day Park Marker with baseball field in background
Gwynns Falls Trail Council.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland, Gwynns Falls Trail marker series.
 
Location. 39° 17.958′ N, 76° 40.275′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker can be reached from North Franklintown Road. Touch for map. Marker is in Leon Day Park, in front of the baseball field. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21216, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Memorial to John E. Burbage (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bridging Gwynns Falls (approx. 0.9 miles away); Early Transportation Routes (approx. one mile away); Joseph H. Lockerman and the Coppin Normal School (approx. 1.2 miles away); Lillie May Carroll Jackson & Juanita Jackson Mitchell (approx. 1.2 miles away); William “Little Willie” Adams and Victorine Quille Adams (approx. 1.2 miles away); Mary Rosemond and the Movement Against Destruction (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Murphy Family and The Afro-American (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
 
Also see . . .
1. Image of the marker. (Submitted on March 17, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.)
2. Gwynns Falls Trail Council. (Submitted on March 17, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.)
Leon Day Park sign, as seen from Franklintown Road image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 18, 2008
3. Leon Day Park sign, as seen from Franklintown Road

3. The Negro League Baseball Players Association / Baltimore Black Sox. (Submitted on May 1, 2008, by Tabitha Preast of Hanover, Maryland.)
 
Categories. African AmericansSports
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 17, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 4,332 times since then and 133 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 19, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.
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