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November News & Notes

FINAL WEDNESDAY OPEN DATE IN 2016

Join us at the Baseball Heritage Museum at League Park for one last Wednesday before we begin our winter hours. The museum will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. After November 2, the museum will continue to be open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

November 2 is the scheduled date for the seventh game (if necessary) of the 2016 World Series. So far, the only Game Seven in World Series history in Cleveland was on October 12, 1920 at League Park before an overflow crowd of 27,525 fans. Hall of Famer Stan Coveleski pitched a five-hitter to give the Indians a 3-0 win and Cleveland its first World Series championship.

 

GAME SIX

The only sixth game of a World Series in Cleveland prior to 2016 took place at League Park on October 11, 1920. The Indians defeated Brooklyn 1-0 as Walter “Duster” Mails pitched a three-hitter. The victory gave the Indians a 4-2 lead in the best-of-nine series. Hall of Famer Tris Speaker scored the only run of the game when he singled off losing pitcher Sherry Smith with two out in the bottom of the sixth inning and George Burns followed with an RBI double to left field.

Some of baseball’s greatest games have taken place in the sixth game of the World Series. Game Six of the 1986 World Series is remembered for Mookie Wilson’s ground ball that eluded Bill Buckner to score Ray Knight with the winning run as the Mets overtook the Red Sox. Joe Carter hit his home run to beat the Philadelphia Phillies in the bottom of the ninth inning of sixth game and win the 1993 World Series for the Toronto Blue Jays. Kirby Puckett’s 11th inning home run beat the Atlanta Braves to keep the Minnesota Twins alive in the sixth game of the 1991 World Series. So far, the most famous Game Six in World Series history may have been on October 21, 1975 at Fenway Park. Carlton Fisk’s 12th inning home run off Pat Darcy gave Boston a 7-6 win and prolonged the Red Sox season one more game before losing the series to the Cincinnati Reds.

 

LEGENDARY BALLPARKS: AN EXHIBITION

The Baseball Heritage Museum is pleased to announce the opening of “The Ballpark, An Exhibition on the First Concrete and Steel Ballparks of Major League Baseball” on Saturday, December 3 2016. The exhibit will feature images by local architect Thomas Woodson, who uses 21st century technology to take viewers back in time. In 2011, Mr. Woodman started recreating in 3D the ballparks that were the homes of the sixteen original franchises that made up baseball’s Major League as we know it today. Using his architectural background, and Computer Aided Design software, visitors to the exhibit will be able to see what these ballparks looked like when they opened over 100 years ago. All have disappeared from the built environment, with the exception of Fenway Park in Boston, Wrigley Field in Chicago, and a portion of Cleveland’s own League Park, whose former ticket office is now the Baseball Heritage Museum’s home. Mister Woodman will make two presentations on the history and process behind the exhibit on opening day, Saturday, December 3, 2016, times to be determined. The exhibit will be on display, during Museum hours, through January 28, 2017. Limited edition prints will also be available during the run of the exhibit.

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