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Renovated League Park rededicated today

Renovated League Park rededicated today

(Cleveland)---Dedication ceremonies were held Saturday for the newly renovated League Park.

The historic baseball stadium at East 66th and Lexington was the home of the Cleveland Buckeyes of the Negro Leagues, and the Cleveland Indians at one time.

The Indians won the World Series there in 1920, and Babe Ruth hit his 500th career home run at the park.

Joe DiMaggio got the last hit there in his 56-game hitting streak in 1941.

After League Park closed in the 1940s, it fell into disrepair.  Soon it was strewn with trash and weeds, almost unrecognizable as a baseball field.

But no more.  The late Cleveland Councilwoman Fannie Lewis made renovating the park one of her many causes.  She did not live to see this dedication, but a bust of the well-known Hough Councilwoman is at the field.

The renovation cost $6.3 million dollars, and includes a state-of-the-art all weather turf.

Plans are to use League Park for Little League games and activities of the Cleveland Recreation Department.

 

 

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