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League Park New York Times Article

Posted: 2/6/2013 7:46 AM

League Park New York Times Article 


"Cleveland is finally doing its part to honor the tradition of League Park."

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/06/sports/baseball/ in-cleveland-bringing-back-baseball-history-and-a- neighborhood.html?pagewanted=all

I hope I copied the link correctly from a New York Times article.

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Posted: 2/6/2013 8:27 AM

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Good stuff!  The link didn't work for me, but searching NYT for "League Park Cleveland" brought up the article.  (www <-- this might be the link, embedding is wacky recently for some reason.)

That same search produced an article from 1920 entitled "League Park has a short right field" (second link in the results) that was a preview of the ballpark in preparation for the 1920 World Series between the Indians and Brooklyn Dodgers.  Very cool to see that too (note the spelling of "centre").

Great to see that they're finally renovating the old park.  If you've been there, it's a strange sensation of awesome and wistful and lonely (and weird, since it's been vacant for 60 years) along with a sense of hope that one day maybe they could do this.  There's too much history there for it just to sit empty with a plaque, and too many kids growing up in that area to just have a field sitting vacant (especially with so many other vacant lots around).
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Posted: 2/6/2013 8:54 AM

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My Aunt always told me how wonderful League Park was and how it was her favorite place to watch a baseball game. 

Good story. 

Here's a working link
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Posted: 2/6/2013 11:37 AM

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This was announced locally around the end of November but at that time it sounded like a half arse project when they were not going to do it right then the project was only going to cost 3 mil and they were only going to have some seats on the 1st base side and a redo of the box office which would hold a museum.

I'm glad that it finally sounds like they decided to do it right, this has been a sad situation for so many years here.
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Posted: 2/6/2013 2:44 PM

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Good call
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Posted: 2/6/2013 6:54 PM

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Here's an article on the last game at League Park in Hardball Times on Sept. 21, 1946
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Posted: 2/7/2013 2:23 AM

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OK, this is completely off-topic, but does anyone else, when reading stories about old-timey baseball (players, stadiums, whatever) does the music from Ken Burns' documentary series immediately begin playing in your head?  It does for me and it drives me nuts. 

Back on topic, I like the idea, that neighborhood needs a boost.  From the only picture I could scrounge up of the plan, which I placed below, it looks good.  I would love to see a complete rebuild of the park.  I know it would be expensive (although it wasn't exactly a complex architecture structure, no?) but that would be incredibly cool.  Truely unique.  But I understand the route they are going with funding the way it is.  If anyone can find better images, please post them here and/or links, not even the architectural firm for this project has anything listed on their site for any of this. 

leaguepark.jpg

OK, I'm a big dummy- go to the architectural firm's link here, http://cityarch.com/.  The whole site is flash and I can't figure out how to link specifically to the League Park plan.  It looks MUCH more in depth that what is seen above.  Click on Portfolio, then Community & Recreation, then below that 'Historic League Park.'  It looks good, although I have to wonder if that can all really be done at that 4m mark.

Last edited 2/7/2013 2:40 AM by allhailshapiro

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