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Babb Field at Stromberg Stadium is gleaming new home for baseball

Facelift to athletic facilities includes new $5 million baseball complex
Posted September 17, 2014
Babb Field at Stromberg Stadium on the Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus. IMAGE: Homewood Photography Babb Field at Stromberg Stadium on the Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus. IMAGE: Homewood Photography

This fall, Johns Hopkins starts a new chapter in its storied athletic history with the opening of new, significantly upgraded facilities for the varsity baseball and tennis programs. The university also will debut a resurfaced Homewood Field and a new Blue Jay logo that will unify JHU athletics and tie in with the university's branding initiative.

Tom Calder, the university's director of Athletics since 1995, says that the renovated facilities, which are wrapped by University Parkway and North Charles Street, will create a new face for Blue Jays sports and revitalize the northern doorstep of the Homewood campus.

"Years ago, one alum came up to me and said it would be great to have that corner become a welcome mat for the university and to really brand it Johns Hopkins," Calder says. "That was the theme we carried all through these projects. We envisioned someone driving on University Parkway or North Charles Street and glancing in at our students playing or practicing on magnificent new facilities. That was the dream, and now it's a reality."

The $5 million baseball facility is named for longtime baseball head coach Bob Babb, who recently notched his 1,000th win, and lead donor and university trustee Bill Stromberg, arguably JHU's greatest football star and also a baseball player during his time at Homewood, from 1978 to 1982.