A few pint-sized ball fields for a rookie baseball league sounds like a great idea. Exercise and all-American activity. Who could object? A gaggle of angry neighbors who say the fields will bring unwanted noise and traffic, drive down property values and generally ruin their retirements.
Some background: Tom Brown, a former Washington Senator and Green Bay Packer who runs a sports program for 6-12-year-olds, wants to build four baseball fields (no lights), a flag-football field, concession stand, parking lot and small gymnasium on 7 1/2 acres west of Salisbury.
For Mr. Brown, the only man to have played both in major league baseball and on a winning Super Bowl football team, the sports complex means having a place to work his magic with kids. "A lot of people have said, 'It's your field of dreams,' and it is," said Mr. Brown, who works full time as a county liquor inspector.