I wanted to share a few local events and some items of interest:
- I recently learned that one of our readers has designed a very cool Carlos Santana shirt (if you happen to be a fan of Santana). It’s available for sale on Etsy, and plays off of the fact that Santana shares a name with the legendary guitarist. As a Santana fan, I purchased this immediately.
- This Saturday, September 21, at the Sports Research Center at the Cleveland Public Library downtown, Negro League historian Ike Brooks will be speaking about the Negro League East-West All Star games at 1 p.m. It’s the kickoff event for an exhibit on the East-West All Star game that will run until October 31 at the library. The Sports Research Center is in the Social Sciences Department on the fifth floor of the Louis Stokes wing (newer wing), 325 Superior Ave. Ike is extremely knowledgeable and it’s a fantastic topic – I highly recommend going to see this if you can.
- On Wednesday, September 25, from noon to 2 p.m., there will be a dedication for a statue of Elmer Flick, 1963 inductee to the Baseball Hall of Fame. It will take place in Bedford Commons, Bedford, Ohio, 44146. Special guests for the event: the Flick family, Mark Shapiro, Bob DiBiasio, Mike Hargrove, Len Barker, Joe Charboneau, along with Bedford Mayor Dan Pocek, Elmer Flick Historian Jim Wagner, and Sculptor Ron Dewey.
- On Saturday, September 28, our local SABR (Society for American Baseball Research) Chapter (of which I am president) will hold our annual fall meeting from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Brooklyn Public Library, 4480 Ridge Rd., Brooklyn, Ohio. It’s open to the public, and the cost for admission is $2 – and that includes free pop and candy. We’ll have several guest speakers and presentations, along with a trivia contest and a book raffle. So far on the schedule: Bryan Fritz, one of the authors of League Park: Historic Home of Cleveland Baseball, 1891-1946, will be giving a presentation entitled “Rube Marquard’s Troubles at the 1920 World Series.” Bryan will also have copies of his book available for $30. David Fleitz will be speaking about his new book, Napoleon Lajoie: King of Ballplayers. David will have copies of his book available for $29.99. John Daniels will be giving a presentation on the decline of 20 game winners and the contributing factors. We may have one late addition to the schedule, but I won’t know for sure for a few days.
- For those of you that like baseball history, you may be interested in a project being put together by the bloggers at Did the Tribe Win Last Night, on the 1948 season. They plan to fully launch the project on September 22, and they’ll have daily posts and tweets about the 1948 season. Here is the site for the specific 1948 material.
So not only do the Indians return to town this Thursday, there are a ton of other baseball-related events taking place in the area as well.