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Speaking for League Park: Spring Author Luncheon “80 Years Ago Today”

May 26, 2017 @ 12:00 pm



Tickets :  $20 for museum members
$25 for non members
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It Was 80 Years Ago at League Park

Featuring Talmadge Boston, Morris Eckhouse, Scott Longert and Russ Schneider

Eighty years ago baseball was undeniably America’s National Pastime and
Cleveland was unique among Major League Baseball teams with its two ballparks,
the classic neighborhood grounds called League Park and the newer, publicly-
funded, multi-purpose Cleveland Municipal Stadium. It was Bob Feller’s
sophomore season and he pitched only eight innings from opening day to July 4.
Three League Park legends (Nap Lajoie, Tris Speaker and Cy Young) were added
to the roll of the National Baseball Hall of Fame inductees.
The Indians were coming off a season leading the American League in hits (1,715),
doubles (357) and batting average (.304). The hitting stars were Hal Trosky, Earl
Averill, Joe Vosmik, and Odell “Bad News” Hale. The pitching stars were Johnny
Allen and Mel Harder.
Cleveland was without a team in the Negro Leagues. The Cleveland Cubs (1931-
32), Stars (1932), Giants (1933), and Red Sox (1934) had come and gone. The
Bears (1939-40) and Buckeyes (1942-50) were in the future. Professional black
baseball in Cleveland from 1935 to 1938 was limited to the occasional
barnstorming game.
Cleveland was the sandlot baseball capital of the world. National champion Fisher
Foods beat Rotbart Brothers Jewelers in the Class A feature during the annual
Amateur Day festivities at the Stadium on July 31, 1937. Young and Speaker were
among 25 players to take part in an old-timers game the same day.

More About the Authors
Talmage Boston
Russ Schneider
Morris Eckhouse

This program is made possible, in part, through a grant from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture (CAC)




May 26, 2017
12:00 pm
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