They were ambitious people, proud of the nicknames like Satch, Double Duty, Fireball and Big Papa. For too many years their stories have not been known.
At the Baseball Heritage Museum, the public will be able to experience their stories, photographs, letters, programs, uniforms and other game-used treasured memorabilia detailing the important contributions from the Latin and Caribbean leagues, the Industrial and Barnstormer leagues and the Negro and Women’s leagues that helped shape the history of the great American pastime.
A note from Vern Fuller
How much do you really know about our national pastime? The Baseball Heritage Museum is more than just baseball stories. It is a real education on former players and coaches connected with the rich diversity of our nation’s pastime.
I sincerely hope you will bring your family and friends to experience the colorful history of the great game of baseball. Please help lead the effort to secure the preservation of our national pastime.
The Origin of the Museum
Robert Zimmer started displaying memorabilia from the Negro Baseball League in his jewelry store in downtown Cleveland during the 1997 All-Star game. “It was going to be a one-weekend event to help draw people into my jewelry store,” he said, “But so many customers were really interested in the history of baseball that it became a passion for me.”
Thanks to the support of organizations like the Gund Foundation, Medical Mutual of Ohio, the Cleveland Indians, the historic Gateway District and private donors, Zimmer secured space in Cleveland’s 5th Street Arcades, which housed the Baseball Heritage Museum from 1997 to 2014. Now, to coincide with the restoration of America’s oldest ballpark, League Park, the Baseball Heritage Museum has move its large collection of baseball memorabilia inside the restored ticket booth of League Park.
Here the public will be able to experience the stories, photographs, letters, programs, uniforms and other game-used treasured memorabilia detailing the important contributions from the Latin and Caribbean leagues, the Industrial and Barnstormer leagues and the Negro and Women’s leagues that helped shape the history of the great American pastime.
The mission of the museum is to preserve and present the history of diversity in baseball by entertaining, educating, and enlightening the visiting public about the multicultural heritage of baseball and the values it represents.