We Are Big Train

Bethesda Big Train baseball at Shirley Povich Field has been providing affordable family fun since 1999. We have been able to do this because of the extraordinary generosity of our Big Train fans. From 1999 to 2011, our Bethesda Community Base Ball Club (BCBBC) built Shirley Povich Field, started the Big Train, and donated $600,000 to improve youth fields. Since retaking stewardship of Big Train in June of 2020, BCBBC has continued our tradition of serving our community. Our annual We Are Big Train campaign provides us with the resources to support Big Train and continue our community service initiatives. Please make a one-time contribution or sign up to make automatic monthly donations. All contributions are tax deductible.

MVP Honor Roll

Bruce Adams • Boisture Family • Rebecca Crowley • Bill Landau

In Memory of Bill and Joan Shannon • Salley and Jeff Shannon


All-Star Honor Roll

The Korman Family • Rachel Northridge • Danny, Desi, Aspen, and Brecka Malasky • The Waldman Family



We Are Big Train

  • “We Are Big Train” - We Honor Our Heroes. In 2022, come visit the brand new "Shirley & Walter" sculptures honoring two legends of Washington sports history. Help us honor local community heroes at each game this summer. 
  • “We Are Big Train” - We Win Championships. In 2021, the Big Train won its fifth consecutive and ninth overall Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League championship. In 2011, we were ranked the number one team in all of summer college baseball. Seventeen Big Train players have made it to the major leagues. 
  • “We Are Big Train” - We Serve Our Community. In 2021, we honored 25 Community Heroes serving on the frontlines of our covid response at each game with a free ticket and a dinner and drink. Since 2010, the Ripken League players have collected 60,846 pounds of food for the Manna Food Center. 
  • “We Are Big Train” - We Provide Family Fun. Since 1999, we have provided family fun at affordable prices right near home. Marc Fisher of The Washington Post called Big Train baseball at Povich Field "the ultimate small-town fantasy."
  • “We Are Big Train” - We Inspire and Teach Our Youth. We believe every kid deserves a great summer. Each summer, we bring outstanding college baseball players from across the country to provide local kids an opportunity to watch the best and be coached by these role models at the Big Train summer camp.

We Are Big Train Campaign Letter from Bruce Adams, Founder & President, Bethesda Community Base Ball Club

We Are Big Train Campaign Flyer With Information About How You Can Contribute
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