August News & Notes
Babe Ruth Day Highlights Busy August at the BHM
The anniversary of Babe Ruth’s 500th home run is just one highlight of numerous activities the Baseball Heritage Museum at League Park has in store for August. See below for more information about our August events.
Hough Residency Includes BHM
Events on August 6 and August 11 at the BHM are in concert with The Cleveland Orchestra (TCO) at Home in Hough and Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) neighborhood residency.
On Saturday, August 6, TCO and CMA will participate in “A New Day in Hough,” an annual tradition started by the late Councilwoman Fannie Lewis and now continued by Councilman T.J. Dow, taking place this year at League Park. The annual neighborhood celebration includes a pancake breakfast at the Fatima Family Center, a parade, local bands performing throughout the day, vendors, and other family-friendly activities. As part of the festival day, The Cleveland Orchestra will host an “Instrument Discovery.” The Cleveland Museum of Art’s Studio Go art truck will feature activities that celebrate the local community. Participants will create portraits of their friends, family, and community. Family participants will receive free Cleveland Museum of Art Create It! Kits, containing art supplies and activities encouraging looking at and making art. In the afternoon, League Park will be the site of a baseball game comprised of members of the Hough community alongside musicians of The Cleveland Orchestra.
On Thursday, August 11 the BHM will recognize the 87th anniversary of Babe Ruth’s 500th home run from noon to 6 p.m. Ruth hit more home runs at League Park (46) than any visiting player including his historic 500th home run on August 11, 1929. Special guest Bill Long will talk about Ruth’s 436th home run hit out of League Park on June 7, 1928 and its fascinating journey since then. Our program will include videos about Ruth, discussions about Ruth in books and film, and a look at his memorable games at League Park.
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
Baseball at League Park in August
8/13 Babes of 1916
8/14 Girls’ and Women’s Baseball Game (see event page)
8/20 Desert League tryouts (see event page)
If League Park Could Talk: August Programs
8/3, 7 p.m. – League Park’s Final Professional Baseball Years, 1932-1950
The final years of League Park as a home to professional baseball included Bob Feller’s debut, the Cleveland “Crybabies” of 1940, the 56th game of Joe DiMaggio’s record hitting streak, and Lou Boudreau’s debut as the “Boy Manager” of the Indians, and the emergence of the Negro League Cleveland Buckeyes as 1945 Negro League World Champions. Baseball historian Morris Eckhouse will recollect those days and the forces that resulted in the end of professional baseball in Hough. The program is at 7 p.m. at the Baseball Heritage Museum at League Park.
8/24, 7 p.m. – League Park’s Post Professional Baseball Years, 1951-present
League Park is thriving again years after the departure of Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Buckeyes and the Hough riots. Baseball historian Morris Eckhouse will look at the evolution of the park since 1950 including League Park day in 1979, celebration of the 100th anniversaries of historic games in 1991, 2008 and 2010, and individuals who have played important roles in the current revitalization of the park. Join us at 7 p.m. at the Baseball Heritage Museum.
Barrier Breaker: Eddie Gaedel
August 19 marks the 65th anniversary of Eddie Gaedel’s one and only Major League Baseball plate appearance. Gaedel is the shortest player in MLB history at three feet-seven inches tall.
Bill Veeck’s most famous stunt came in the bottom of the first inning of the second game of a Sunday doubleheader between the St. Louis Browns and the Detroit Tigers at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis when Gaedel was announced as a pinch-hitter for right fielder Frank Saucier. Bob Cain walked Gaedel on four pitches. Eddie was quickly replaced by pinch-runner Jim Delsing.
Gaedel’s contract was voided two days later by American League President Will Harridge, but his legend lives on in one of baseball’s most colorful stories.
Summer Hours: Wednesdays 1 – 4 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.