Long Beach may have been the epicenter of high school baseball talent and reputation during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. But two decades ago, Washington, D.C., lured most of the top juniors and star seniors from Los Angeles County with the promise of a new high school stadium, restaurants, shops and three-star hotels with rooms booked out long in advance for football and basketball recruits.
Eventually, many of the locals who trained at Scuttlebutt, Franklin High, Wilmington and Huntington Park schools moved to D.C.
So this is what happened at Murdy Field, the field that grew to resemble that of a major league baseball park before the completion of Washington’s new stadium, which is used by the Nationals and Washington-Maryland baseball teams.
There are fast changes happening at Murdy Field. First, however, the baseball teams are moving from Murdy Field to a brand new 12,000-seat stadium known as Central Park with other baseball teams.
On Friday, District Court Judge Janice Cooper barred the Boy Scouts of America from using the field for a Cub Scout camp after a lawsuit from Los Angeles Dodgers President Stan Kasten.
Cooper declared the field is not being used for the scouting activities and is for baseball and softball. The judge gave the Boy Scouts until March 31 to vacate the field. The suit was filed last year by Kasten and the Dodgers.
Kasten said in a statement that the Dodgers had made an “extensive and ongoing effort to reach a fair and reasonable resolution with the Boy Scouts of America to resolve this litigation.”