North Park Little League has been around forever. A Sunny Saturday Spring morning like today is a good time to catch the action on the Morley Field diamonds located in the northwest corner of San Diego’s impressive Balboa Park.
Morley Field Sports Complex is a recreation area in Balboa Park named after John Morley, who served as park superintendent in Balboa Park from 1911 to 1939. The first president of North Park Little League was Dwayne Maley, a baseball coach at San Diego High School. The original founding committee in the early 1950s were Joe Schloss (who coached Little League for more than 60 years), Garnet Ramsey, Mary Nettles, Chester Denzin and Bill Whittaker. CLICK HERE for a 2015 Union-Tribune feature on Joe Schloss, North Park Little League’s legendary founding spirit.
The league has produced Major League players like John D’Acquisto, Jerry DaVanon, Gregg Nettles, Jim Nettles and Bob Cluck. Temporary fences are put up on the Morley Field baseball and softball fields during for North Park Little League games. The five fields are named after Hall of Fame Major League Ted Williams, who was raised in North Park; Danny Milsap; Joe Schloss, Bill Whitaker and John Perretta. Joe Schloss was honored with Joe Schloss Day by the City and County of San Diego on May 16, 2015. CLICK HERE.
By Thomas Shess, founder of North Park News CLICK HERE