Professional Baseball on Maryland's Eastern Shore
Bob Ford, an award-winning sports journalist, will host a lively discussion on the history of professional baseball on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
Did you know that while fewer than 30 of the 295 Maryland-born players who made it to the major leagues are from the Eastern Shore, four of the state’s eight Hall of Fame players are from the nine counties of the Shore?
The discussion will include Jimmie Foxx from Sudlersville, Frank “Home Run” Baker from Trappe, and, more recently, Harold Baines from St. Michaels, but will also delve into the crevices of local baseball history to tell the stories of Buttercup Dickerson from Tyaskin, Doc Wallace from Church Hill, and Hanson Horsey from Galena, among others.
Mr. Ford recently retired after 44 years in newspapers. A native of Kent County, he graduated from the Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park, and began his career at the Easton Star-Democrat. He retired from The Philadelphia Inquirer in 2020 after 33 years there as a reporter and columnist.