07 20, 2021

Enjoy a Celebration Presentation of Cleveland Indians Nation

By |2021-07-20T06:00:51-04:00July 20, 2021|

Journey back through the history of Cleveland baseball during a special program at Mentor Public Library.

Enjoy a fun and enlightening journey through Cleveland Indians history at Mentor Public Library with Martin Gitlin, the author of the Ultimate Cleveland Indians Time Machine Book.

Gitlin’s talk will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 9, at the our Main Branch. His presentation will feature videos and photographs of the greatest and most fascinating players, teams, events and moments in franchise history. It will trace highs like World Series championships and lows like the 1899 Cleveland Spiders earning the worst record in major-league history.

The program is free to attend, though registration is required. You can RSVP online or by calling us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

Gitlin will also have autographed copies of his book for sale after his talk.

For more on Cleveland Indians’ history:

06 18, 2019

Celebrate Baseball in Cleveland

By |2019-06-18T06:00:30-04:00June 18, 2019|

Celebrate the history of baseball in Cleveland during a special panel discussion on Monday, July 1, at Mentor Public Library's Main Branch.

Celebrate the history of baseball in Cleveland during a special panel discussion on Monday, July 1, at Mentor Public Library’s Main Branch.

We’re celebrating the All-Star Game in Cleveland by hosting a trio of baseball historians, authors and fans for a special panel discussion.

Scott Longert, Ken Krsolovic and Bryan Fritz will talk about the history of the Indians and baseball in Cleveland at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, July 1, at our Main Branch.

Longert has written a quartet of books about Indians’ history: Addie Joss: King of the Pitchers; The Best They Could Be about the World Series-winning 1920 team; Bad Boys: The Cleveland Indians and Baseball in the Prewar Years; and No Money, No Beer, No Pennants: The Cleveland Indians and Baseball in the Great Depression.

Meanwhile, Krsolovic and Fritz wrote League Park: Historic Home of Cleveland Baseball, 1891-1946, which tells the story of the Indians’ original home park.

The program is free to attend and open to all. Come share your memories and celebrate one of America’s great baseball cities. Afterward, the authors will have their books available for sale and signing.

Due to space limitations, we do ask that you register for the program beforehand. You can sign up by calling us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

03 25, 2019

Revisit the bad old days of the 1937-1942 Indians with Scott Longert

By |2019-03-25T06:00:32-04:00March 25, 2019|

BobFellerSigAuthor, historian and Cleveland Indians fan Scott Longert is guiding us through the history of his beloved Tribe.

He’s written books about:

Now, he’ll discuss the Cleveland Indians from 1937 through the beginning of World War II during a special program at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 8, at our main Branch.

His newest book — Bad Boys, Bad Times — revisits the talented but ultimately underperforming teams of the pre-World War II era. But just because they didn’t win a championship doesn’t mean that they lacked for stories.

Longert has spent years researching the history of the Cleveland Indians, and he’ll share some of his favorite Tribe stories during this program. Everyone is welcome to attend. We only ask that you register beforehand. You can sign up online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

Afterward, copies of Bad Boys, Bad Times will be available for sale.

02 14, 2019

5 fascinating facts about League Park

By |2019-02-14T06:00:58-05:00February 14, 2019|

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Ken Krsolovic and Bryan Fritz talk about the legendary League Park in front of a standing-room-only crowd at Mentor Public Library.

Local authors and sports fans Ken Krsolovic and Bryan Fritz visited us earlier this week to talk about League Park – the legendary home of the Cleveland Indians for decades.

Here are five fascinating facts that we learned from listening to Krsolovic and Fritz.

1. One of the best pitchers the game has ever seen pitched for the Cleveland Spiders on League Park’s first Opening Day in 1891 – none other than Cy Young.

He’d pitch several more opening day games there before his retirement (and he’d win all but one of them.)

The authors brought artifacts with them, including a piece of League Park's Great Wall.

The authors brought artifacts with them, including a piece of League Park’s Great Wall.

2. Nap Lajoie was such a big star that when he came to Cleveland they renamed the team for him. However, when he joined the Cleveland Bronchos in 1902, he was in the midst of a legal kerfuffle with his previous team, the Phillies.

Due to an existing contract with the Phillies, a judge declared that Lajoie could only play baseball for them. However, an enterprising lawyer discovered that the injunction could only be enforced in Pennsylvania.

Consequently, when the Bronchos/Naps played the Athletics in 1902 and most of 1903, Lajoie would visit Atlantic City, instead. Peace wasn’t made between the National and American Leagues until 1903 with an agreement that also created the World Series.

3. League Park was initially constructed entirely of wood. But, by 1909, wood was no good.

More modern stadiums were made of steel and concrete. They could fit more seats, which meant more fans and more money.

For its upgrade, the Cleveland team relied on the legendary Osborn Engineering firm, which also designed Yankee Stadium, Fenway Park and Comiskey Park.

Most importantly, Osborn was then and still is headquartered in Cleveland.HB4116

4. League Park was the site of the Cleveland Indians first World Series victory in 1920. The Indians beat the Brooklyn Robins 5-2, which looks like a typo unless you know that from 1919 to 1921 the World Series was best of nine.

While the Indians won, no Robin had a worse series than Cleveland native Rube Marquard. Not only did his team lose, but he was convicted of ticket scalping (his punishment: $1 fine and $2.80 in court costs) and his wife divorced him the same week.

Marquard got something like the last laugh, seeing as he’s since been inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame.

5. League Park was also the scene of Joe DiMaggio’s 56th and final game in his legendary hitting streak.

The streak ended July 17, 1941 against the Indians in Cleveland Stadium. (The Indians would play weekday or afternoon games in League Park, which they owned. But they’d play weekend games, especially against more popular opponents, at the larger Cleveland Stadium.)

For more fun stories from League Park history, read Krsolovic and Fritz’s League Park: Historic Home of Cleveland Baseball, 1891-1946. You can borrow one of our copies

01 28, 2019

Talking about League Park with local authors

By |2019-01-28T06:00:28-05:00January 28, 2019|

Learn about the first home of Cleveland baseball, League Park, at Mentor Public Library.

Learn about the first home of Cleveland baseball, League Park, at Mentor Public Library.

For generations, League Park has a nostalgic pull. It was the original home of the Cleveland Indians and the site of their first World Series victory.

Over the years, it hosted the minor league Cleveland Bearcats, Cleveland Buckeyes from the Negro American League, Western Reserve Red Cats college football team and the NFL’s Cleveland Rams. Later, the Cleveland Browns would use it as a practice field.

Most of League Park was demolished in 1951 but the memories remain.

Local authors and sports fan Ken Krsolovic and Bryan Fritz will talk about League Park during a special program at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11, at our Main Branch.

Afterward, copies of their book, League Park: Historic Home of Cleveland Baseball, 1891-1946, will be available for sale and signing.

This program is free to attend and open to all. However, we do ask that people register beforehand. They can sign up online or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

By the way, if you love the Cleveland Indians, we have a lot of books and even a few videos that you’ll want to borrow.

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