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The next chapter for Cleveland's League Park begins Saturday
The predecessor to Municipal Stadium reopens for school and public use
by WKSU's AMANDA RABINOWITZ


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Amanda Rabinowitz
 
The park was used by Negro Leagues and then largely abandoned after Municipal Stadium was built.
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After years of planning, Cleveland’s historic League Park reopens this weekend. The ballpark, located at the corner of Lexington Avenue and East 66th Street was home to the Indians for 45 years beginning in 1901. They won a World Series title there in 1920. It’s also where Babe Ruth hit his 500th home run and where the Cleveland Buckeyes won the Negro World Series in 1945. The $6.3 million in renovations began in 2011. 

Ken Krsolovic co-authored a book about the history of League Park. He says the upgrades are impressive, including a museum and artificial turf field. and he says the restorations capture the feel of the old stadium.

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“The right field wall, even the style of girders they put in the upper portion of the wall, really replicate what was there and of course and the ticket office and office building that has survived all these years is the other signature of the ballpark and that survived. It was in pretty shoddy condition. “ 

The restored League Park will serve as home field for many Cleveland Municipal School District teams. Outside organizations can rent the field, and the money earned will go back into maintaining the park. The ticketing office and museum will be open during the week and on weekends.

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