About the Bethesda Community Base Ball Club (BCBBC)
In April of 1998, business leader John Ourisman and former Montgomery County Councilmember Bruce Adams founded the Bethesda Community Base Ball Club with a mission to raise money to improve youth baseball and softball fields. Bethesda Community Base Ball Club entered a partnership with Montgomery Parks to construct Shirley Povich Field in Cabin John Regional Park and entered the Bethesda Big Train team in the Clark C. Griffith Collegiate Baseball League. The Big Train team is composed of talented college players from across the country who come to Bethesda each June and July for a summer of highly competitive wooden bat baseball. In 2005, the Big Train became an inaugural member of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League. The Big Train was a hit on and off the field right from the start, raising $600,000 to improve youth fields from Bethesda to Anacostia and Germantown to Takoma Park. In 2012, the Bethesda Community Base Ball Club turned stewardship of the Big Train over to Bethesda Chevy Chase Baseball, a youth baseball organization founded in the 1990s. BCC Baseball continued the Big Train’s traditions of championship baseball and service to community for eight seasons. In 2020, the Bethesda Community Base Ball Club was reestablished, and BCC Baseball returned stewardship of the Big Train to BCBBC.