Historic, newly renovated League Park plays host to Tribe softball tourney
Cleveland’s own League Park played host to the Cleveland Indians 2014 Employee Softball Tournament on Tuesday.
Historic League Park, originally built in 1891, is the first former Major League ballpark turned into a community park. Located on Lexington Avenue, the park features a brick wall remaining from the original stadium as well as the ballpark’s original dugout steps.
League Park was home to the Buckeyes of the Negro League, the Cleveland Indians and the Cleveland Rams.
The recently renovated park, now featuring a full turf field, was unveiled to the public in August. Former Indians DH Travis Hafner participated in the opening ceremony, taking batting practice in the new facility. Hafner hit nine balls over the fence — which reaches 48 feet in height in right field.
Fans interested in checking out League Park — as well as historic bleachers and jerseys, among other artifacts — are encouraged to visit the Baseball Heritage Museum, open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. For more on the Baseball Heritage Museum, click here.
Local teams and leagues interested in playing at League Park can call the city’s Tim Wells at (216) 664-2346 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org to gain a permit to play at the park as there is a fee to play.
Indians Softball Commissioner Francine Sommers and all eight team managers held the tournament draft on Monday. Rumor has it, the draft featured intense dialogue and a handful of trades that eventually resulted in eight competitive rosters.
Each team was guaranteed to play three games, and the winner of each division played in the championship game. This year, Omar Jufko’s squad defeated Tony Medaglia’s team by a score of 15-1.
–TribeVibe contributor Megan Golden