This has been written out of utter despair for the following reasons:
At the present time, the only outdoor soccer team that plays professionally in this state has been basically ignored by your staff. The Maryland Bays opened this season with 11 wins in a row, setting an APSL record. They also won 18 in a row since they won the league title last year.
Because The Sun is the only newspaper in town, it makes more sense to promote the local teams, too. When the Blast plays, the coverage is mostly "well, I guess we could write something about them" attitude.
If your sports department wanted to get an insight into the way that this sport of soccer has taken root, just head down into Highlandtown, Patterson Park, Dundalk, Myers Pavilion, Du Burns Arena. Talk to the kids, parents, coaches, people in general. The game of soccer has in some places moved football aside.
In 1994, the World Cup is scheduled to come to the United States. If it is not promoted now, how will it succeed at that time? Recently in Lisbon, Portugal, a youth world championship set a record for attendance of 120,000 to see a soccer game. But then, they appreciate skill and enjoyment without the frills and big money that you condone in the sports that you devote the
Louis P. Romeo Jr.
We could name the new ballpark after a great player, or merely by its location, but why not name it after our great tradition of winning Baltimore Orioles baseball? It's been about 100 years since the great 1890s National League Orioles teams under John McGraw and the beginning of championship Orioles baseball.
If it were mine to do, I'd name the place "Oriole Baseball Centennial Park." On the front of the stadium, under the name, I would inscribe "To Commemorate the First Century of the Baltimore Oriole Winning Tradition and the Good Sportsmanship The Baltimore Oriole Fans. 1891-1991."
I'm sure that the stadium would come to be called "Centennial Park" for short, and that is in keeping with its architecture, which recalls the late 19th century and our nation's centennial celebrations. The new stadium will remind us of the turn of the century of 1901 and its architecture, and point to the turn of the century in 2001 by its state-of-the-art technology and design. (Of course, the year 2001 marks the centennial of the American League, and perhaps Baltimore could lead the way in those celebrations).
I would inscribe a few more things on the new stadium's facade that recall Orioles baseball greatness and the flavor of the sport. Three quotations: "Hit 'em where they ain't." That is an immortal expression of baseball savvy by 1890s Oriole Wee Willie Keeler. Second, "The first thing you do is improve your pitching and defense." If there is a Baltimore baseball axiom for building winning Orioles teams, these words of Paul Richards, quoted by Bob Maisel, are it. Finally, as an expression of the joy of a championship team, the humor of baseball and the uniqueness of the baseball broadcasting art, I would have to include Chuck Thompson's "Go to war, Miss Agnes!" with considerable pride.
I'm afraid that the better-known Camden always will be in New Jersey, and that the great start of Babe Ruth, Brooks and Frank, and even greats to come slowly will fade away. . . . Orioles baseball lives on.
Robert W. Johnson
Our beautiful new ballpark is located in the boyhood neighborhood of Babe Ruth, the biggest name in American sports history, without question.
Now, Baltimore has a unique opportunity to honor her native son, the baseball legend and Hall of Famer. No other Baltimorean or Marylander ever has attained, in any endeavor, the stature that the Babe did in baseball.
Our new park will be the epitome of baseball parks, where the Orioles should be honored to play on a home field named for their most famous alumnus: Babe Ruth Park.
Robert S. Gladden Jr.
Regardless what we call the new baseball stadium (and the new football stadium if we get an NFL team), we can keep the name "Memorial" by naming the entire area the Memorial Sports Complex. We even could erect a shrine that not only honors those who died for our country, but also honors people of all lands who died for freedom and peace. Other countries could be invited to participate (and perhaps share the cost of what might
become a major tourist attraction).
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
4 Suddenly, I heard the voice of a long lost soul,
Yes, it was he, telling me the stadium should be,
7+ Named after him, hence: "The Poe Bowl."
Remember the governor
Why not just name the new stadium Schaefer Stadium? After all, isn't it just another of the governor's unnecessary monuments to himself at the taxpayers' expense? This name will help people stuck in the inevitable downtown stadium traffic jams to remember just who was responsible.
Treasure the Chesapeake
Eli Jacobs notwithstanding, I would like to second Taylor Branch's suggestion of Chesapeake Park as a name for the new ballpark. In reply to Mr. Jacobs, I would suggest that Chesapeake Park is surely as simple as Babe Ruth Field, Camden Yards and Oriole Park. It has no more syllables than the last-named, and if Mr. Jacobs' definition of simple excludes syllables with three vowels, then it certainly is time for him to get back to his reading.
Returning to Mr. Branch's suggestion, I believe it has great merits. First of all, it is a name that will be recognized around the country because of its allusion to a geographical feature that is familiar to any American who travels or looks at maps.
Second, it bring out the Orioles' regional appeal. I think that many Baltimoreans tend to forget that that harbor so close to the ballpark is but a small corner of the Chesapeake Bay. As the Orioles' radio and television audiences extend far beyond the length and breadth of the Chesapeake -- both shores, southern New Jersey, Delaware, southern Pennsylvania, eastern Virginia and North Carolina -- they are truly a regional team.
Third, it avoids the parochialisms that many of the other names, all of which I have been partial to at one time or another, are prey to. I agree with the recently heard criticisms that the name of Babe Ruth will raise howls of laughter in New York and eyebrows of puzzlement elsewhere ("Mabel, didn't he play in New York?"). Camden Yards seems a cheap imitation of Fenway Park. As venerable as the train station and warehouse are, the new ballpark just cannot catch up in time to Fenway or Wrigley. Oriole Park is nice, but a little too homey for the price taxpayers statewide are footing.
Last, and most important, Chesapeake Park has a wonderfully poetic rhythm and alliterative ring. These qualities will assure that the name is not only recognized, but also remembered. After a few years of memorable baseball, such a name easily could reach the ranks of Fenway and Wrigley as a name etched in the nation's baseball memory.