Happy Independence Day! What is more American than baseball. Cleveland has rich baseball history and a major part of that is League Park. The ball park would open in 1891 and would be the home of the Cleveland Spiders, predecessors of the Cleveland Indians (among several other team names). The last major league game would be played on September 21, 1946.
According to the League Park website, “When League Park closed it ranked along side Fenway Park, Tiger Stadium, and Wrigley Field as a neighborhood ballpark of great importance. Baseball greats like Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Addie Joss, Tris Speaker, Bob Feller, Hank Greenberg, George Kell and Cy Young made history there”. It was also the home to the Cleveland Buckeyes of the Negro American League, who won the World Series at the park in 1945.
The original box office building and part of the outer wall still stand today. A baseball field sits in the exact spot and with the same dimensions as it did back in the day. The box office is the home to the Baseball Heritage Museum. Check out the museum and the ball park as we celebrate the America and the All-Star Game here in Cleveland.
To learn more about downtown Cleveland and experience its history up close and personal, join us (Tours of Cleveland) on a walking tour. Learn more, see our schedule and book your tour at www.toursofcleveland.com.