BHM News & Notes: May 2016
If League Park Could Talk: About Its 125th Birthday
On Saturday, April 30 the Baseball Heritage Museum will celebrate League Park’s 125th birthday. The ballpark, at the corner of East 66th Street and Lexington Avenue, opened on May 1, 1891. Cy Young pitched the Cleveland Spiders to a 12-3 victory over Cincinnati before a full house of 9,000 fans in the new wooden park.
League Park got a new lease on life in 2014 that included a brand new synthetic playing turf and the relocation of the Baseball Heritage Museum to the historic Ticket House on the corner of 66th and Lexington. Our birthday celebration includes a scheduled high school varsity game between the St. Edward Eagles and the Midview Middies at noon.
During our regular hours of 10 AM to 2 PM we will look at some of the distinct eras in League Park history including the days of the Spiders (1891-1899), Cleveland’s early American League teams (1901-1915), Tris Speaker and the Cleveland Indians (1916-1926), League Park’s Greatest Slugger-Earl Averill (1929-1939), League Park in the 1940s (featuring the 1945 Negro League Champion Cleveland Buckeyes) and the park’s post-professional baseball era.
Museum Administrator and historian Morris Eckhouse will show how the Baseball Heritage Museum connects with League Park history and point out how the park continues to tell its own story today if you know where to look.
Thanks to Cuyahoga Arts & Culture for support of our “If League Park Could Talk” program. Follow the project on Twitter– @LeagueParkTalks
Preservation Month 2016
May is Preservation Month and the Baseball Heritage Museum is proud to be located at an award-winning preservation site and to interpret the history of League Park. Thanks to the foresight of the late Councilwoman Fannie Lewis, and many others, baseball is still being played at League Park right where Bob Feller, Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio and numerous others had some of their most memorable moments in legendary careers.