Mu­seum of East­ern Shore Life shows archival pho­tos

Record Observer - - Arts & Entertainment -

CENTREVILLE — The Queen Anne’s Mu­seum of East­ern Shore Life con­tin­ues to fea­ture its archival photo col­lec­tion. The fea­tured photo for July is that of the semi-pro base­ball team in 1950, the Centreville Gi­ants, that played at the old ball­park lo­cated at the foot of Belvedere Av­enue, ad­ja­cent to the west side of the town’s ceme­tery at the south end of Lib­erty Street in Centreville.

Pic­tured in the cen­ter of the front row with his play­ers is head coach John W. Selby, who sub­se­quently be­came a le­gend in coach­ing base­ball in Queen Anne’s County. John Selby is be­ing duly hon­ored.

First, he played in four semi-pro base­ball leagues dur­ing the 1940s then moved to Queen Anne’s County when he be­gan his teach­ing ca­reer. His con­tri­bu­tions to the youth of the county were phe­nom­e­nal. He helped es­tab­lish lit­tle leagues in base­ball and bas­ket­ball. He served in nu­mer­ous lead­er­ship roles in nu­mer­ous ath­letic or­ga­ni­za­tions across Del­mar va. John Selby coached the var­sity base­ball teams at Centreville High School from 1948 through its fi­nal year in 1966, then moved on to coach the teams at the new Queen Anne’s County High School un­til his re­tire­ment in 1983.

Coach Selby’s teams at CHS en­joyed four un­de­feated sea­sons — 1948, 1960, 1961 and 1965. His ca­reer win­ning per­cent­age as head coach of the high school var­sity teams was an as­tound­ing .8348 — the high­est in Mary­land scholas­tic his­tory.

Selby also ser ved as a ma­jor league base­ball scout for both the Chicago White Sox and the Kansas City Ath­let­ics. He was in­ducted into four halls of fame for his achieve­ments: Wash­ing­ton Col­lege Ath­letic Hall of Fame; Mary­land State As­so­ci­a­tion of Base­ball Coaches Hall of Fame; East­ern Shore Base­ball Hall of Fame; and Queen Anne’s County High School Ath­letic Hall of Fame.

John Selby also is well re­mem­bered in the county as “Farmer John” for pro­vid­ing fresh farm pro­duce to the peo­ple of Queen Anne’s County for over 50 years.

He was a pri­mary force in the cre­ation of the Queen Anne’s County Depart­ment of Parks and Re­cre­ation and the Route 18 Park sports com­plex ad­ja­cent to the 4-H Park. That sports com­plex was of­fi­cially named the John W. Selby Sports Com­plex in a ded­i­ca­tion cer­e­mony held in 2007.

An ex­hibit in the mu­seum rec­og­niz­ing John Selby for his con­tri­bu­tions to the youth of Queen Anne’s County is in the plan­ning stages and, hope­fully, will be com­pleted by the end of the year.

The mu­seum will be open to vis­i­tors from 1 un­til 4 p.m. on Satur­day, July 2. Ad­mis­sion is free though do­na­tions are al­ways ap­pre­ci­ated. The mu­seum is lo­cated at the 4-H Park on Rt. 18 at Dulin Clark Road between Centreville and Queen­stown.

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