|Bethesda Big Train|
|Logo To Be Supplied|
|Current League (2005 - Present)||Cal Ripken, Sr. Collegiate Baseball League|
|Prior League (1999 - 2004)||Clark Griffith League|
|Ballpark||Shirley Povich Field|
|Data Refers to CRSCBL Only|
|League Championships (2)||2005, 2006|
|Post-Season Tournament Championships (1)||2005|
|Chairmen||Bruce Adams, Randy Schools|
|General Manager||David Ireland|
|Field Manager||Sal Colangelo|
|Assistant General Manager||Michael Groeneman|
The Bethesda Big Train is an amateur, wooden-bat baseball team based in Bethesda, Maryland. Most of its players are drawn from the college ranks. The team is a member of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Collegiate Baseball League (CRSCBL). The Big Train plays its home games at Shirley Povich Field. The Big Train is owned and operated by the non-profit The Bethesda Community Base Ball Club, Inc., and is funded through merchandise sales, donations, and other fundraising efforts at games. As of March 2008 34 Big Train Alumni have played professional baseball.
The Bethesda Community Base Ball Club, Inc. was founded in 1998 "to raise funds to improve the quality of youth baseball and softball fields in Montgomery County and the District of Columbia." Proceeds from the operations of the Bethesda Big Train are used to further this mission. As of March 2008 the Club reports they have raised $300,000 in support of this mission.
The Big Train commenced play in 1999 as part of the Clark Griffith League (CGL). In 2004, they won the CGL championship.
In 2005 the Big Train joined the Cal Ripken, Sr. Collegiate Baseball League (CRSCBL) In 2005 the team won the league championship and shared the post-season tournament championship with the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts. In 2006 the Big Train were the regular season champions.
Dirk Hayhurst , 2001 Big Train, major league debut with the San Diego Padres
Charlton Jimerson , 1999 Big Train, major league debut with the Houston Astros
Bobby Livingston , 2001 Big Train, currently with the Cincinnati Reds
John Maine , 2000 Big Train, currently with the New York Mets
Chris Mobley , 2002 Big Train, 2005 SAL All Star
Steve Schmoll , 2000 Big Train, major league debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers