Former Falls Church Athlete Leaves it All on the Field
By John Cascella, Staff Writer
Imagine being torn from the game you love from the young age of six. This is exactly what happened to young baseball prospect Scott Christopher. Christopher was running around the Tyler Park baseball field in Falls Church, where he tripped on a rock. This wasn’t any ordinary fall, though. A broken Pepsi bottle was positioned where his right arm landed. This impact severed seven tendons and cut a nerve in two. It took 12 months of rehab before the doctor gave Christopher the green light to play ball.
Despite this setback, Scott went on to play baseball at Falls Church, college, and later for the Orioles organization.
Christopher has been in the game of baseball since the age of three, running the bases and hitting pebbles with a wooden bat.
As his parents were both from Baltimore, Christopher grew up an Orioles fan. The Orioles Organization had heard about Scott’s injury, and brought him in to be an Oriole for the day, letting him hang out with the team May 30th, 1962. This moment started the idea for Scott to “dream big, dream on” and become a professional baseball player for the Baltimore Orioles.
Christopher came to Falls Church High School in 1967, and made the junior-varsity baseball team his freshman and sophomore year. In his junior year, he was sent down to JV, but the team was full. When it looked like he would have to head home and tryout again next year, varsity baseball Coach Larsen noticed Christopher and invited him to join varsity. Scott had a tough junior season, only coming in the later innings and hitting .000, striking out three times in four total at bats. For senior year tryouts he was the smallest player. Weighing in at 120 pounds, Christopher was named the starting second baseman. He came back his senior year leading the team in runs, hits, stolen bases, and a team best .371 batting average, winning Most Valuable Player.
Christopher went on to play baseball at Mercersburg Academy, Ferrum Junior College, and eventually earned a scholarship to play ball at the University of Maryland. He won two MVPs for the Terps at Maryland, and was named team captain senior year.
Scott signed a minor league deal with the Orioles, making the O’s class A affiliate, the Miami Orioles, and was eventually promoted to the Class AA Charlotte Orioles. He had a successful four-year career with O’s organization.
Christopher has not forgotten his Falls Church roots. He came to visit and talk to the Falls Church baseball team April 12th. “I felt like I was back home talking with the team and watching them practice in the gym where I had spent four years working hard to become a professional baseball champion.”
Coach Nolan presented Christopher with a Varsity baseball letter as well as a FCHS baseball warm-up jacket. “I truly felt, even though it is fifty years plus since I put on a Jaguars baseball uniform, that I was still on the team. That is how sports teams are. Once you have worn and represented a team in athletics, you are always on that team no matter how many seasons have passed by,” says Christopher.