Cleveland Public Library Scores Sports Research Center

From Pat Galbincea at on April 18:

Step into sports history at the Cleveland Public Library.

A baby photo of Bob Feller. Golden Gloves scrapbooks dating to 1929. Pro wrestling posters from the Cleveland Arena.

These are just a few of the treasures in the library’s Sports Research Center, which will open April 25.

The center, the only one of its kind in Northeast Ohio, will showcase the best of Cleveland sports history with more than 25,000 books and magazines and research materials, including old photos, scrapbooks, movies and movie clips.

Also featured will be special displays of memorabilia — some exclusive — honoring Feller, the greatest Cleveland Indians player.

“We will have more baseball-related material than any other building in the country” except the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., said Tena Wilson, a library administrator. “We’ll be revealing a lot of hidden treasures.”


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Originally published: April 18, 2011. Last Updated: April 18, 2011.