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Sandlot baseball in Cleveland during the 1960’s

Baseball in Cleveland, at the amateur and professional levels, was in flux during the mid-1960s.  Cleveland had been the “Sandlot Capital of the World”, but amateur baseball participation was declining and challenged by economic changes and new entertainment options.  The Cleveland Indians were also coping with changes at the professional level after great success in the late 1940s and through the 1950s.  These challenges mirrored the challenges faced by the…

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BHM Will Be Open Martin Luther King Day

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…

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