Grand Opening of League Park

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On Saturday, August 23, 2014, Mayor Frank G. Jackson will join other officials, sports figures, and members of the community as the City of Cleveland announces the opening of historic League Park. The opening ceremony will include the unveiling of the Fannie M. Lewis sculpture, the League Park ribbon cutting, an appearance by the Cleveland Blues Vintage baseball team, a Home Run Derby, and many events and activities for people of all ages.

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WHO:      

Mayor Frank G. Jackson

TJ Dow, Cleveland City Councilman Ward 7

Senator Sherrod Brown

Andre Thornton, Master of Ceremonies

Michael Cox, Director of Public Works

WHAT:    

Grand Opening Ceremony for League Park

WHEN:    

Saturday, August 23, 2014  – 1:00 pm

WHERE:  

E 66th St & Lexington Ave

Cleveland, OH 44103

Grand Opening of League Park

#TBT: In honor of our @Indians, who are currently #ChasingOctober, we decided to dedicate this week's #ThrowbackThursday #Cleveland's #Baseball roots and the #Indians first home, #LeaguePark. In 1887, a professional baseball team was organized here and that team built a new park on 39th & Payne.. In 1890, the park was struck by lightening and much of it was destroyed by fire. The #ClevelandSpiders finished out their season in the partially destroyed park and built a new, improved park at 66th & Lexington, it's known to some baseball historians as #LeagueParkI. It was a wooden structure with seating for 9,000. Frank Robison (owner) and his brother had financial interests in the local traction company so they built their park where their street car lines intersected. In 1899, the Robisons took their talents (and most of the Spiders' talents) to St. Louis and the Cleveland team was eliminated from the National League. In 1901, however, they joined their current home, the American League and 10 years later, League Park was destroyed and rebuilt with accommodations for 21,000. League Park was home to the Spiders, #ClevelandNaps, #ClevelandBuckeyes (Negro League), #ClevelandIndians and a practice field for the #ClevelandBrowns at one point. It was purchased by the city in 1950 with intent to turn it into a recreational area. The park is on the National Register of Historic Places and is NOW undergoing a $5 Million renovation. #CLEVELANDOVEREVERYTHING #ClevelandOhio #216 #CLE #TribeTown #GoTribe #RollTribe #Windians #GoonSquad #Tribe

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