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Baseball & Brookside

Posted: 3/19/2014
Posted By: Karen Lakus
Original Source: Roots Revealed

Spring Training is in full swing and baseball fans are gearing up for Opening Day, so let’s take a look at a time when Brookside Park, now part of Cleveland Metroparks Brookside Reservation, was a premier location for baseball games in Cleveland.

In 1910, the Cleveland Amateur Baseball Association was formed to help organize amateur baseball in the area.  While professional baseball was available in Cleveland, amateur games regularly attracted thousands of fans to city parks.  Games were played at Washington, Gordon and Edgewater Parks, but Brookside Park could hold the largest crowds.    

On October 10, 1915, an estimated 100,000+ fans crowded into Brookside Stadium to watch the National Amateur Baseball Championship game.  The stadium was located below the bluffs at Fulton Road and Denison Avenue and built into the bowl shaped natural amphitheatre.  Fans spread out in the grass to watch Cleveland’s White Motors team defeat Omaha’s Luxus team 11-6.  The crowd at this game may have been the largest ever recorded at a baseball game.  

Brookside Park is still a popular location for baseball and softball games.  While the natural amphitheatre is still there, it no longer hosts thousands of sports fans.  Other ball diamonds have been built at the park through the years and are maintained by the City of Cleveland.  If you visit on a summer evening you are still likely to catch a game at Brookside Park just like Clevelanders did 100 years ago.  

Grabowski, John and VanTassel, David D.  The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History

Lynette Zieminski   Brookside Park:  The Heart of South Brooklyn Parts 1 and 2, Old Brooklyn News; Oct and Nov, 1995

Joann Kubicki, Information Specialist at CanalWay Center

Photo:  Library of Congress


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