The Beckum-Stapleton Little League opened its 49th season in historic fashion. At the end of the annual parade of Little Leaguers from around the community down King Drive, the ribbon was cut by one of the league’s founders, James Beckum, dedicating the Milwaukee County park named in his honor for his tireless work serving the youth of the community through sports. A portion of Carver Park, where the league is located, has been renamed James W. Beckum Park, located at 900 W. Brown St. A former Negro League Baseball player, Beckum founded the league in 1964 with the help of the late Charles Stapleton at the behest of Rev. E.B. Phillips of Greater Galilee Baptist Church. The first year of the league 60 youth played. This year, more than 300 boys and girls age 4 to 15 will play baseball thanks to Beckum’s vision and tireless work to maintain America’s past-time in urban neighborhoods. (Photos by Yvonne Kemp)
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