There Used To Be A Ballpark
Written by Joe Raposo & recorded by Frank Sinatra -Recorded June 22, 1973, Hollywood
And there used to be a ballpark where the field was warm and green
And the people played their crazy game with a joy I'd never seen
And the air was such a wonder from the hot dogs and the beer
Yes, there used a ballpark right here
And there used to be rock candy and a great big Fourth of July
With the fireworks exploding all across the summer sky
And the people watched in wonder, how they'd laugh and how they'd cheer
And there used to be a ballpark right here
Now the children try to find it
And they can't believe their eyes
`cause the old team just isn't playing
And the new team hardly tries
And the sky has got so cloudy
When it used to be so clear
And the summer went so quickly this year
Yes, there used to be a ballpark right here
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League Park is America's Historic Ballpark. It was a place for baseball pioneers and served as a great stage for baseball to grow and develop as America’s national pastime. The field opened in the late 19th century on May 1, 1891 with the legendary Cy Young pitching for Cleveland before 9,000 fans. This set the stage for what would be an iconic show of baseball talent that would follow.
In 1910 League Park joined a new generation of ballparks and was transformed into a a modern steel and concrete structure seating over 21,000 persons. Located in Cleveland's expanding eastside, League Park is a neighborhood park very much in the same vein as Shibe Park in Philadelphia or Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. In 1916 League Park was renamed to Dunn Field after the Cleveland Indians owner Sunny Jim Dunn. The name change lasted until 1927.
Fame came to Cleveland in 1920 with a World Series between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Cleveland Indians led by Hall of Fame player manager Tris Speaker. Indians fans would see several firsts in that World Series and witness Cleveland clinching a first ever world championship. As the 1920's roared along many important baseball events would transpire in League Park/Dunn Field. Future Hall of Fame batters and pitchers would pass through the 3,000 hit plateau or collect an record amount of wins. Among those milestones was the 500th home run of the “Sultan of Swat", Babe Ruth on August 11, 1929. His towering shot cleared a fence taller than the fabled "Green Monster" of Fenway Park and landed on Lexington Avenue.
Fifty-five years after it all began the last major league game was played at League Park on September 21, 1946 with the Detroit Tigers. The sounds and smells of this venerable old ballpark were gone. When League Park closed it ranked along side Fenway Park, Tiger Stadium, and Wrigley Field as a neighborhood ballpark of great importance. Baseball greats like Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Addie Joss, Tris Speaker, Bob Feller, Hank Greenberg, George Kell and Cy Young made history there. The boys of summer had truly left a lasting imprint at League Park
As you explore both the photographs and articles posted at LeaguePark.info I think you will come to appreciate that Cleveland's League Park remains an integral part of America's collective baseball history. League Park is literally part of our national baseball DNA.
We would like to thank the Cleveland Memory Project for their assistance and permission to use their rich collection of historical photos concerning League Park. You may find out more about the Cleveland Memory Project at http://www.clevelandmemory.org/.