Cleveland’s League Park to get $5 million renovation

From Thomas Ott at The Plain Dealer on January 26, 2012, with quotes from SABR member Tim Wiles:

Cleveland is finally set to restore League Park, at least two decades after city officials first discussed returning the piece of hallowed baseball ground to glory.

The old ballpark, once home of the Cleveland Indians and the 1945 Negro League champion Cleveland Buckeyes, and adjacent parkland will undergo $5 million in renovations, said Ken Silliman, chief of staff for Mayor Frank Jackson. Silliman said work will begin late this spring or in early summer and be finished in about a year.

League Park, at East 66th Street and Lexington Avenue in the Hough neighborhood, hosted its first baseball game in 1891, with pitching legend Cy Young on the mound for the Cleveland Spiders. The park is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Related link: Stephanie Liscio details the history of League Park in Cleveland, where the 2012 Jerry Malloy Negro League Conference will be held (It’s Pronounced “Lajaway”)

Originally published: January 26, 2012. Last Updated: January 26, 2012.