October News & Notes
Memories Revisited on October 8
Much of baseball heritage is written in October, both in dramatic regular season games and World Series games. Join us on Saturday, October 8 as we celebrate great October moments at League Park and review the stories we have captured in 2016 during our “If League Park Could Talk” series.
Momentous events at League Park in October have included Addie Joss’ perfect game on October 2, 1908, post-season baseball appearances by the National League Cleveland Spiders in 1892, 1895 and 1896, and the final four games of the 1920 World Series.
Art Classes with BHM Director of Education and resident artist Joe Gazzo have been rescheduled and will begin on Saturday, October 1 at noon and will continue on Saturdays throughout October (except October 8.) If you wish to participate, call the museum at 216-789- 1083 or contact us at www.baseballheritagemuseum.org
Our new and improved online gift shop is always open for business at www.baseballheritagemuseum.org. There you can purchase museum merchandise such as caps, t-shirts, art work and publications.
October Wednesdays at the BHM
The Baseball Heritage Museum will continue its Wednesday hours from 1 to 4 p.m. on October 5, 12, 19 and 26. Expanded Wednesday hours and others in October are dependent on the Cleveland Indians’ post-season schedule. Check www.baseballheritagemuseum.org or call 216-789- 1083 for the latest information.
Remember that the museum is open every Saturday, 52 weeks a year, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
RTA Your Way to the Baseball Heritage Museum at League Park
League Park was built to accommodate mass transit and RTA is now a great way to visit the park and the Baseball Heritage Museum today. The #38 bus is the most direct route, stopping right at the corner of East 66 th Street and Lexington Avenue. More frequent service is offered by the Health Line. The Health Line stop at East 66th Street and Euclid Avenue is a modest walk (about a half-mile) from the park and museum.
You can reach us using the Red, Green or Blue Lines, getting off at East 55 th Street and taking the #16 bus to the corner of 55 th and Lexington Avenue. The park and museum are less than a half-mile walk east down Lexington Avenue.
Barrier Breaker: Luis Angel Marquez
Though the New York Yankees did not integrate until Elston Howard made the team in 1955, the Yankees acquired Black players as early as 1949. Luis Marquez, a veteran of the New York Black Yankees, Homestead Grays, and Baltimore Elite Giants was born October 28, 1925 in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. In 1949, both the Yankees and the Cleveland Indians laid claim to his contract. In 1949, Marquez played briefly at Newark (International League) and then Portland (Pacific Coast League) where he batted .294 in 132 games. After batting .311 in 194 games at Portland in 1950, he was acquired by the Boston Braves in the 1950 Rule 5 Draft. Marquez joined 1950 National League Rookie of the Year and Cleveland Buckeyes’ legend Sam Jethroe on the Braves and made his Major League Baseball debut on April 18, 1951.
Marquez played only 99 Major League Baseball games, but had outstanding seasons in the PCL, American Association, and Mexican League until 1963. You can learn more about Marquez in the books Crossing the Line: Black Major Leaguers, 1947-1959 by Larry Moffi & Jonathan Kronstadt, The Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues by James A. Riley, and Baseball’s Great Experiment: Jackie Robinson and His Legacy by Jules Tygiel.
Bring Your Group to the BHM
The museum often hosts groups for tours. Contact us to learn more about bringing your group to the Baseball Heritage Museum. Call 216-789- 1083 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support the BHM
Please support the Baseball Heritage Museum by liking us on Facebook and telling your friends about us. Memberships and donations to the museum are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
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