MY LIFE THROUGH MY T-SHIRT COLLECTION- LEAGUE PARK CLEVELAND

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League Park was the home of the Cleveland Indians from 1891 to 1948. In 1910 the wooden ballpark was torn down and rebuilt with steel and concrete on the same site as the original. After Cleveland Municipal Stadium was built in the early 30’s the team would play weekday games at League Park-which was a lot smaller than the huge Municipal Stadium. The Indians moved out of League Park for good in 1948 due to the fact the ballpark never had lights.

Most of League Park was demolished in 1951 but the ticket office and part of the grandstand has remained. In 2014 the City of Cleveland invested $ 6.3 million into restoring the ticket office and the ballfield was restored to be used for baseball games.

I bought this t-shirt years ago at a Cleveland Indian game. I have only seen Indian games at Municipal Stadium- aka The Mistake By The Lake. It was a huge ballpark and most of the times I went there all we did was buy a cheap general admission seat and a couple innings into the game move down into the box seats- usually slipping an usher a few dollars. There were so many empty seats in the place. The only times I recall a big crowd- once when the Oakland A’s with Canseco and McGwire came to town and in Nolan Ryan’s last game. Usually there were 5000 to 10,000 there to watch the pathetic [at that time} Indians play. The place I believe held 70,000 so it looked empty.

Jacobs Field [or whatever the name is today} is a wonderful ballpark- opened in 1994 and in the 90’s when I went to a lot of games there-it was usually full. A much better place for baseball than Municipal Stadium was.

I wasn’t around to see a ballgame at League Field but I sure wish I had.

Babe Ruth hit his 500th home run at League Field.

 

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