Thank you to all of our players, volunteers and buddies who came out to Miracle Field this year. Let's play ball!

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In 2008, Dr. Jim Leder, a Bethesda dentist, began promoting the creation of a Miracle League team and playing field in Montgomery County.  Jim grew up in Pittsburgh, and was a lifelong baseball fan for many years. He had a passion to provide recreational opportunities for special needs’ kids, and focused on Miracle League as the way to provide that opportunity locally. 

He enlisted help from fellow members of the Bethesda Kiwanis Club to realize that vision.  He worked with a landscape architect, Grace Fielder, and the Parks Department and ultimately a site in Germantown was chosen.  Dr. Jim formed a board of directors; raised money from local contributors, the State of Maryland, the Lerner Family, and the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation; negotiated an agreement with the Parks Department for the Miracle Field; and helped oversee the design and construction process. 

When the Washington Nationals Miracle Field opened in 2012, Dr. Leder threw one of the opening pitches and helped coach the first team play on the field.  He was a tireless promoter, and his commitment and energy were essential for the successful launch of the Miracle League of Montgomery County, Maryland. 

Dr. Jim Leder passed away on November 16, 2018.  We have honored Dr. Leder with a memorial plaque at the Washington Nationals Miracle Field. 



In 1997 Rockdale Youth Baseball Association’s coach, Eddie Bagwell invited Michael Moore to play baseball on his team. Watching this 7 year old in his wheel chair attending every game and practice, while cheering on his 5 year old brother play America’s favorite past-time. The desire to play baseball was truly in the eyes of this young man.

So in 1998, the Rockdale Youth Baseball Association formed the Miracle League to further its mission of providing opportunities for all children to play. The league began with 35 players.

There were no programs for the Miracle League to copy. It was decided that:

  • Every player bats once in an inning
  • All base runners are safe
  • Every player scores a run before the inning is over (last player up gets a home run)
  • Community children and volunteers serve as “buddies” to assist the players
  • Each team and each player wins every game

In 1999, the Miracle League gained support and became a source of pride for all involved as participation grew to over 50 players. The dream of building a unique field developed and with the help of community volunteers and companies, the design and construction of the first Miracle League complex was underway.

It would include a custom-designed field with a cushioned rubberized turf to help prevent injuries, wheelchair accessible dugouts and a completely flat surface to eliminate any barriers.

Since that early beginning over 215 leagues have sprung up across the country, including Puerto Rico. At this point many are looking forward to spring Baseball, several will come on board during the year and others are in various stages of planning and construction.

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