Field of Dreams: Babb Field at Stromberg Stadium

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Dedicated in 2014, Babb Field at Stromberg Stadium is the on-campus home to the Johns Hopkins University Blue Jays.

A recognition wall for donors can be found outside the facility, which also features an outside plaza with tables, chairs and restrooms. The grandstand seats 260 with several standing-room-only locations and a brand-new press box.

The outfield fence displays conference championships, NCAA Tournament & NCAA World Series appearances. On the field, a dirt mound is encircled by an all-weather turf, similar to Texas, Louisville and Oregon’s playing surfaces.

New dugouts with copper roofs, interior graphics and double-tiered benches give way to batting cages down each base line.

One of college baseball’s finest facilities celebrates the illustrious career of one of the game’s finest coaches.

A Hopkins alum himself, Bob Babb became the ninth coach in Division III history to win 1,000 games, a feat he achieved in 2014. His overall record is an astounding 1,012-370-12, good for a .730 winning percentage. Four of Babb’s last six teams have reached Regional Championship games, and he’s led the Blue Jays to a pair of NCAA College World Series trips since 2008.

In all, Babb has led Hopkins to seven University Athletic Association titles, 10 Middle Atlantic Conference Southeast League titles, 12 Centennial Conference championships and 18 NCAA Division III Tournament appearances. He’s never finished a season below .500 and has coached 20 All-Americans and 15 players that have moved on to professional baseball. Already a Johns Hopkins Athletic Hall of Famer (1996), Babb is one of four coaches that has been named a 2016 ABCA Hall of Fame inductee.

“It’s certainly quite an honor, not one I was necessarily expecting, particularly now,” Babb said. “I thought maybe someday- I see myself hopefully coaching for another ten years- but I’m very humbled by the honor and I appreciate the consideration the committee gave to me.”

When asked whether achieving college baseball coaching’s highest honor was one of his goals when he began his career, Babb’s answer was simple.Read the rest

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