July News & Notes
Memories of Feller and DiMaggio heat up July at the BHM
League Park is an important part of the legendary stories of Bob Feller and Joe DiMaggio. Feller made his debut for the Indians in an exhibition game against the St. Louis Cardinals 80 years ago on July 6, 1936. On July 16th it will be 75 years since Joe DiMaggio extended his Major League Baseball record hitting-streak to 56 games. Both anniversaries will be celebrated at the Baseball Heritage Museum at League Park.
Wednesday, July 6, 2 p.m. We will recognize the 80th anniversary of Bob Feller’s historic big league debut game against the St. Louis Cardinals on July 6, 1936. Morris Eckhouse will talk about the historic game and aspects of Feller’s legendary career. The museum will be open its new Wednesday hours from 1 – 4 p.m. Brief tours of the League Park grounds will be available before and after the program.
Saturday, July 16, 1 p.m. Joe Gazzo and Morris Eckhouse will reflect on the 75th anniversary of one of baseball’s greatest feats – Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak. Join us at the museum as we reflect on DiMaggio’s historic accomplishment at 1 p.m. Come early as the Museum will be open its regular Saturday hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
If League Park Could Talk: About Its Early Steel & Concrete Years
Saturday, July 23, 1 p.m. * Join us as we look back on the days when the new steel and concrete League Park was the exclusive home of Cleveland’s American League baseball team (1910 – 1932.) Morris Eckhouse will speak about those days and the great events at the park including the Addie Joss benefit game (1911), the 1920 World Series, and Babe Ruth’s 500th home run (1929). The museum will be open its regular Saturday hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the program will begin at 1 p.m.
Thank you to Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and Ohio Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, for support of our “If League Park Could Talk” program. Follow the project on Twitter @LeagueParkTalks
The Baseball Heritage Museum will now be open every Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for the remainder of the baseball season. The Wednesday hours coincide with the weekday open hours for our neighbor the Dunham Tavern Museum at the corner of East 66th Street and Euclid Avenue. The BHM will continue to be open every Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm year-round.
The BHM also plans to be open each day July 18-21 when the Republican National Convention is in Cleveland. Hours are Monday, Wednesday & Thursday 1 – 4 p.m. and Tuesday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. On Tuesday, an 18U game will begin at 11 a.m. (see below)
Baseball at League Park in July
July 3: Continental Cup games beginning at 10 a.m.
July 19: Golden Spikes Baseball vs Strongsville Stingrays 11 a.m. Part of RNC Convention Celebration at BHM (gates open 10 a.m.)
July 26 – Ohio Prospects League All-Star Game 6 p.m. (gates open 5 p.m.)
July 27 – Diamond League All-Star Game 6 p.m. (gates open 5 p.m.)
Barrier Breaker: Henry Aaron
Forty years ago on July 20, 1976 Henry Aaron extended his Major League Baseball home run record with the 755th round-tripper of his career. Aaron, who broke Babe Ruth’s record of 714 home runs in 1974, held the record until it was broken by Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants on August 7, 2007. Bonds currently holds the MLB record with 762 home runs.
Born on February 5, 1934, Aaron played for the Indianapolis Clowns of the Negro American League in 1952. Purchased by the Boston Braves, he was sent to Eau Claire of the Northern League. In 1953, along with Felix Mantilla and Horace Garner, he went to Jacksonville and integrated the South Atlantic League. In 1954 he moved up to the Braves (by then moved to Milwaukee) and began a 23-year major league career that ranks with the greatest of all-time.
The Hank Aaron Childhood Home and Museum is located on the grounds of Hank Aaron Stadium, home of the Mobile Bay Bears, in Mobile, Alabama. It is about eight miles from the historic Battleship USS Alabama on which Bob Feller served as a member of the United States Navy during World War II.