I just wanted to share a brief plug for a couple of local Cleveland baseball events in the near future. The Indians (or at least Jason Kipnis) are off to a good start with a 1-0 lead over Boston tonight. Feel free to use the comments to chat about the game as it takes place!
This Sunday, August 7, the Lake County Captains (the Indians’ low level Class-A affiliate) will be hosting a Cleveland Sports History Night before and during their 7 p.m. game. And that time is correct – it is a Sunday evening game (so you can watch the Indians during the day and head out to Eastlake in the evening!) I haven’t received the list of attendees yet, but I know in the past there have been a number of retired Cleveland athletes (from all sports) in attendance. I’ll be there signing copies of my book, Integrating Cleveland Baseball: Media Activism, the Integration of the Indians and the Demise of the Negro League Buckeyes for $20 (it’s usually $29.95) and some friends of mine, Greg Crouse and Morris Eckhouse will be signing their book Where Cleveland Played: Sports Shrines from League Park to Municipal Stadium. It should be a pretty cool night…stop by and say hi if you happen to go!
Friday, August 12 the Cleveland Museum of Art will be hosting an event entitled “Rare Films from the Baseball Hall of Fame” at 6:30 p.m. It’s hosted by Dave Filipi, Director of Film/Video at Ohio State’s Wexner Center in Columbus. I went last year and it’s a really cool program – a mix of old baseball footage, things like old Gillette commercials with baseball players like Willie Mays and Bob Feller, and some other cool stuff from the years of 1918 to 1970. This years includes about 2 hours of film; admission is $10, and $8 for Cleveland Museum of Art members, students, and seniors 65 and over.
On Saturday, August 13, the Wahoo Club will be hosting a luncheon with Michael Brantley at Massimo Da Milano on West 25th St. in Cleveland from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. If you’ve never been to a Wahoo Club event, they’re pretty cool. The price ($25 for club members, $35 for non-members plus lower prices for children) includes an all you can eat buffet, a chance to win door prizes, a silent auction, and of course an opportunity to get photos/autographs with Brantley.
So if you’re looking for some baseball related activities in the Cleveland area over the next two weeks, you may want to check this stuff out!