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League Park: 1910

League Park: 1910

Circa 1910. "League Park, Cleveland." Grandstand seating 75 cents; pavilion, 50 cents. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Cleveland

I was born and raised in Cleveland, and our family had a business there for about 30 years into late 1950s, and even though I've long since relocated elsewhere I'll always be a "Tribes" fan and will root for them until I go to my grave. Thanks for ALL the photos of Cleveland.

Straw hat summer

Love the straw hats. What an amazing experience it must have been to attend a baseball game not too long after its "invention" and during a more genteel time. How much more amazing it would have been if League Park had been conserved like what you see in the photograph. I wonder whose automobiles these were. Obviously top of the line vehicles! And the telltale sign that motor cars were an even more recent invention given away by the road apples in the left corner. People talking to each other instead of texting is also remarkable to my modern eyes.

55 years

The Indians played at League Park from 1891 (when they were still the Spiders) until 1946, though the last few years they alternated between League Park as their home for most games and Cleveland Municipal Stadium for weekend games. Which means they were actually at League Park (55 years) longer than they were at Municipal (49 years).

Thank you SO much for the Cleveland pics, I have been hoping to find jewels like this for a very long time.

Mike Kozlowski
Columbia SC

A little window into the past

My late grandfather grew up a couple of blocks away from here, and used to tell me about how he learned from older kids to sneak into the ballpark by climbing up to and squeezing through "little windows in the back of the grandstand." Those windows seem plainly visible here.

He also said that it became quite a bit more difficult to accomplish after the stadium was rebuilt as a brick and concrete structure. I think it's pretty obvious that this shot was taken before that renovation took place.

Even though Grandpa lived in Detroit from his late teens on, he remained a Tribe fan for the rest of his life. Even when they were at their most pathetic he would always go out to Briggs/Tiger Stadium to cheer them on whenever they came to town.

Spiders' nest

League Park opened in 1891 as the home of the Cleveland Spiders, my all-time favorite major league baseball name.

League Park.

I love the hand painted lettering on the front of the ballpark, and wonder why the period was placed after the word park.

[The punctuation was characteristic of the, um, period. - Dave]

Addendum

Actually this shot may be prior to the 1910 rebuilding because the old wooden stadium had a covered pavilion along the first base line.

Ticket Cost

50 cents in 1910 is approximately equal to $11 today.

The Indians

What a great shot! This is where the Cleveland Indians played prior to Municipal Stadium. Although in 1910 they were known as the Cleveland Naps--named after their one-time manager and player Napoleon "Nap" Lajoie. The stadium was rebuilt prior to the 1910 season which may be why they had this photo taken.

Dressed to the Ninth

In today's informal society, it is surprising to see how they dressed up to go to a baseball game. Coats, ties and hats, even in the summer!

Vestiges

It is so sad only part of this place is left today. It is such a joy to see such life there in these photos. Here are my current photos of what is left today.

 
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