John Horner

The Barlow Baseball Club started out as a team in the Adams County Junior Baseball League, composed mostly of high school and young adult players on or about 1940. It was fully operational before the United States’ entry into World War II in 1941.

My first recollection of a playing field was in an open area to the rear of what is now 791 Barlow Road, at that time a part of the Horner Farm. They had asked my father for permission to lay out a diamond there, which was granted. I can remember looking out the north garret window of our house and seeing them playing, in street clothes, as uniforms had not as yet been acquired. I think they played there only for a short time, as a field just north of the old Barlow Store on the Taneytown Road became available. One problem with that location, inasmuch as the diamond was configured north-south, was that some of the foul balls wound up in Rock Creek.

John Horner is a founding member of the Cumberland Township Historical Society now in its 10th year.

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