League 42, named in honor of the great Jackie Robinson, is a youth baseball league, comprised primarily of inner-city players, ages 5 to 14, many of whom have not had the opportunity to play baseball before.
McAdams Park is home to the League, where they practice and play games. Registration for the league is $30 per family, not per player - making the world of baseball affordable for all who wish to play. That fee provides each player with a full uniform (jersey, pants, belt, and hat), a baseball glove, and additional playing equipment such as catcher's gear, bats, and balls.
Additionally, registered League 42 players are invited to clinics led by some of Wichita's greatest baseball experts throughout the off-season and off-field activities such as movie days, bowling days, a trip to Kansas City Royals Game, and the Negro League Museum for our Dodger and Champions Division Players (ages 11 to 12 and 13 to 14).
In April 2021, League 42 installed a life-sized Jackie Robinson statue, sculpted by John Parsons, at McAdams Park to honor the player. In 1947, Robinson became the first African American to play in Major League Baseball, signaling an end to segregation in the League. In 1962, he was admitted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
- Will the Park name change?
No. The name of the Park will remain McAdams Park. The renovated Carl G. Brewer Community Center will highlight Emerson McAdams and his contributions to the park. While the park is named McAdams, several facilities in the park are named after community standouts, including the Antoine Carr basketball courts, the Barry Sanders football field, and the McAfee swimming pool.
- Why is the center being renamed?
The renaming comes as the city is planning a redesign of the recreation center - funded partially by a no-interest loan from a local bank - because the facility no longer fits the needs of the community and has aged out of its functionality.
- When did the recreation center name change?
The board of park commissioners approved renaming the recreation center to honor Brewer during a meeting on August 9. The City Council voted to change the name of the recreation center in September of 2021 to honor the legacy of former Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer. A formal rededication took place in November of 2021.