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2017 – January News & Notes

Celebrate MLK Day at BHM

The annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birth is also a celebration of the civil rights movement he led. Baseball helped pave the way for Dr. King in 1947 when Jackie Robinson broke the color line in Major League Baseball and Larry Doby followed as the first African-American player in the American League. Robinson and Doby were joined by numerous barrier breakers including Dan Bankhead, Willard Brown and Hank Thompson in 1947 alone.

Please visit us on Monday, January 16 as we begin the 70th anniversary celebration of professional baseball’s breaking of the color line. We will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

See Us At Tribe Fest

The Baseball Heritage Museum is happy to be a part of Tribe Fest, presented by KeyBank, again in 2017. Be sure to visit our booth at the event on Saturday, January 28 at the InterContinental Hotel (9801 Carnegie Avenue) on the Cleveland Clinic campus. Tribe Fest runs from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Speaking For League Park

Following up on our 2016 “If League Park Could Talk” series, the Baseball Heritage Museum will present “Speaking for League Park” in 2017. The 2017 series will be presented, in part, thanks to the support of Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC.)

Speaking for League Park” will focus on literature, recordings, artifacts, and recollections of individuals that combine to give us a greater understanding of what has happened at League Park, why it is important, and how it has an impact on so many people. A schedule of programs for 2017 is in development.

Get the New Year started by checking out these books related to League Park history:
League Park
by Ken Krsolovic & Bryan Fritz
Of Tribes and Tribulations
by Jim Odenkirk

The Cleveland Indians by Franklin Lewis
Where Cleveland Played by Morris Eckhouse & Greg Crouse

Each of these books looks at the origins of League Park and many of the great players and events at the current home of the BHM.

 Legendary Ballparks: An Exhibition


The Ballpark, An Exhibition on the First Concrete and Steel Ballparks of Major League Baseball” continues at the Baseball Heritage Museum, during museum hours, through January 28. The exhibit features images by local architect Thomas Woodman, who uses 21st-century technology to take viewers back in time. In 2011, Woodman started recreating in 3D the ballparks that were the homes of the 16 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 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.

 Winter Hours

The BHM will be open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. throughout the winter months. Check our Facebook page and Twitter feed for announcements of special openings such as Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Presidents Day.

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. You can join or make a donation at the museum or the museum website.

Volunteers Wanted, Internships Available

The museum is in need of volunteers and periodically offers internships to local area students. In addition, students needing community service hours can contact us for possible opportunities. If you are interested email info@baseballheritagemuseum.org , call 216-789-1093 or ask someone at the museum.