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
Since closing its gates in 1946 the importance of League Park has been overcome by events. As you explore both the photographs and articles posted at LeaguePark.org 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.
Attention League Park Fans:
For those persons interested in scheduling
events at League Park please call at the contact information shown
601 Lakeside Ave., Room 8
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
Weekdays 8 am to 5 pm
NOTE: This site does not accept
event applications! Please fax or mail the application to the
address/fax number on the form.
Park Event Application
Photo Updates from League Park
Photos by Russ Haslage
Video report on League Park Restoration Project
The restoration of League Park, once home to the Cleveland
Indians, is a home run: editorial
Major Restoration for League
Bringing Back History and a Neighborhood
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/.
Other photos courtesy of the Shoeless Joe Jackson Virtual Hall of Fame at
Shoeless Joe Jackson Virtual Hall of Fame
In Another League © 1994 by William Feldman.
League Park Circa 1920 © 1996 by Jeff Suntala.
League Park in March of 1999 © 1999 by Paul Munsey.
Aerial view of League Park courtesy of The Sporting News.