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August 2017

Speaking for League Park Book Discussion: Ray Chapman and The Pitch That Killed

August 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Ray Chapman was one of League Park’s greatest stars and having one  of his greatest seasons in 1920 when he was tragically killed by a pitched ball thrown by Carl Mays of the New York Yankees 97 years ago this August.  Our August book discussion will look back at Chapman, Cleveland’s improbable path to its first World Series victory, and focus on the book The Pitch That Killed: Carl Mays, Ray Chapman and the pennant race of 1920 by Mike Sowell.…

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September 2017

Speaking for League Park Book Discussion: Playing America’s Game: Baseball, Latinos and the Color Line

September 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Although largely ignored by historians of both baseball in general and the Negro leagues in particular, Latinos have been a significant presence in organized baseball from the beginning. In this benchmark study on Latinos and professional baseball from the 1880s to the present, Adrian Burgos tells a compelling story of the men who negotiated the color line at every turn—passing as “Spanish” in the major leagues or seeking respect and acceptance in the Negro leagues. Burgos draws on archival materials…

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Pleibol! Latinos and African Americans Breaking the Color Barrier in America’s Favorite Pastime.

September 22 @ 6:00 pm - September 24 @ 5:00 pm
League Park, 6601 Lexington Ave
Cleveland, 44103
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Pleibol! is a collaborative event between Julia De Burgos Cultural Arts Center and the Baseball Heritage Museum with support from the City of Cleveland, Cleveland City Council, The Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Public Library, AARP, The Smithsonian Institution and other corporate and other business stake holders. This event will take place over a three day period at Cleveland’s Historic League Park located in the Hough neighborhood and will consist of a private dinner reception with guest speakers and two days of…

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Pleibol! Youth Baseball Clinics

September 23 @ 9:00 am - 11:31 am

As part of our weekend long celebration Pleibol! Latinos and African Americans Breaking the Color Barrier in America's Favorite Pastime, we invite players ages 6-15 to take part in free clinics on the historic League Park Field. Scheduled to participate in the clinics are former Major Leaguers  Jim "Mudcat" Grant, Joe Azcue and John McDonald. Space is limited! Register today. Parents will need to sign a waiver the day of the event. Call 216-789-1083 or online  here  

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October 2017

Speaking for League Park: Baseball’s Best Regular Season- The Negro League Impact on the 1954 Cleveland Indians

October 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

The presentation is part of the Baseball Heritage Museum’s 2017  ‘October is World Series Month’ programming. Free and open to the public, and is made possible, in part,by a grant from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture (CAC).

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The Cleveland Indians and Social Change- A Three Part Series

October 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

This three part program takes a glimpse at the history of Cleveland and social change during the 1940s and 1950s through the prism of baseball. It will be delivered through a series of sessions highlighting Cleveland as a premier economic and industrial center,  Baseball as emblematic of America and The Cleveland Indians and 1948 in particular during their championship season. The Indians led the way in the American League ewith the number of African Americans and Black Latino players on their…

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Speaking for League Park Book Discussion: Rowdy Patsy Tebeau and the Cleveland Spiders: Fighting to the Bottom of Baseball, 1887-1899

October 21 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

In an era of rowdy teams, the Cleveland Spiders (1887-1899) were baseball's rowdiest. Managed by Oliver "Patsy" Tebeau, a quick-tempered infielder, the Spiders seemed to heap abuse of one kind or another on everyone--umpires, opposing teams, even the fans. Their aggression never brought home the pennant, but Cleveland's battles with the league's top clubs, including an 1895 Temple Cup victory over the Baltimore Orioles, are now legendary. Yet the story of the Spiders , as told here by  David Fleitz,…

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The Cleveland Indians and Social Change- A Three Part Series

October 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

This three part program takes a glimpse at the history of Cleveland and social change during the 1940s and 1950s through the prism of baseball. It will be delivered through a series of sessions highlighting Cleveland as a premier economic and industrial center,  Baseball as emblematic of America and The Cleveland Indians and 1948 in particular during their championship season. The Indians led the way in the American League  of America with the number of African Americans and Black Latino players…

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November 2017

The Cleveland Indians and Social Change- A Three Part Series

November 8 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

This three part program takes a glimpse at the history of Cleveland and social change during the 1940s and 1950s through the prism of baseball. It will be delivered through a series of sessions highlighting Cleveland as a premier economic and industrial center,  Baseball as emblematic of America and The Cleveland Indians and 1948 in particular during their championship season. The Indians led the way in the American League ewith the number of African Americans and Black Latino players on their…

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Billy Evans: The Accidental Hall of Famer

November 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Billy Evans started out as a sportswriter. He became a Hall of Fame umpire during the game's early days -- and remains the youngest arbiter in major league baseball history. He retired to become the Indians general manager -- the first person with that title in baseball history -- and also served as general manager for another League Park occupant, the NFL's Cleveland Rams. This program is  free and open to the public, and is made possible, in part,by a grant…

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