The Lipscomb Park Baseball League was founded in 1987, and it was adopted as part of the Lipscomb Park Association under the term of president Eddie Taylor. Several members of the community were concerned about the lack of supervised activities for children of our community; therefore, the idea of a baseball league was established. The league’s first president was Bernard Bryan, a member of Macedonia Baptist Church of Melbourne, Florida. The charter staff members were: Greg Saunders, Don Davis, Willie Merrix, Travis Jones, Thelma Bryan, and Jerry Phillips.
The league’s first divisional structure consisted of a Major Division, Minor Division, and Tee Ball Division. Each division was composed of four teams with a total of 155 players, both girls and boys. All Tee Ball games were played at Brothers Park, and all Major and Minor division games were played at Stone Jr. High field. During the first year, most of the baseball equipment was donated by the Palm Bay Little League. The league was very successful because of the financial support of businesses, churches, and organizations of its community. Early team sponsors were Macedonia Baptist Church, Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, Greater Faith Temple, Allen Chapel AME , Collins Avionics, Harris Corporation, Glover Oil, Jackson Electric, Pride of Melbourne Lodge 318, PAL, and Alphatech.
League participation grew every year to over 300 players in 1996. Because of the continued growth, two new fields were built by the City of Melbourne on the Lipscomb Park complex. The league has grown from 12 teams in 1987 to 17 teams in 1996. The 1996 expansion included 4 girls softball teams and one senior team. Also, in 1996, the Lipscomb Park Baseball League became a member of Dixie Youth Baseball District 7. The Dixie Youth Baseball District 7 director was Linda Nipper.
The 1998 league added an additional 5 teams to the organization. One new girls softball team and 4 new senior teams were added to the program, and the league grew to 350 players and 25 teams. This league enjoyed great participation from the parents and businesses of the south Melbourne community. Again, the league participated in the Dixie Youth Baseball and Softball tournaments.
In 1999- 2009, Jimmie Franklin was elected president and the league continued its growth and expansion. The league participated in Dixie Youth Baseball and Softball League under the direction of Linda Nipper. There were over 330 players involved in the program from ages 4 through 15. The City of Melbourne added lights to the new Girls Softball field, and this addition which helped increase the league’s overall flexibility.
2010: Chris Hill was elected president and the league continued to thrive under his leadership. There players and teams in all divisions. Local teams participated in the Dixie Youth Tournaments and all divisions made Melbourne proud.
2011 -2012: Sid Portier was selected as president of the league. Sid brought some new ideas to the program. There were about 300 kids in the program and the softball division experienced good growth under Sid’s leadership.
2011 -2014: Jimmie Franklin was selected as president of the league for the second time. Under Jimmie’s leadership the Senior Field was built by the City of Melbourne. This growth allowed the Memorial Day Tournament to expand with senior teams participating form Miami, Delray Beach, and Winterhaven.
2015- 2016: Angela Dixon was elected as president of the league. Angela was an experienced coach in the Softball Division, and her teams came in first place on several occasions. She was the first female president and we appreciated her caring spirit for the league.
To instill in the children of our community the ideals of good sportsmanship, honesty, respect for authority, and ultimately, to make our community a better place.