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Extra Innings: A Closer Look at Cleveland’s League Park
Classic Ballparks League Park Brickwork Cleveland Indians Baseball Hall of Fame Architect Thomas Woodman
Brickwork While creating the final image of League Park (below), I was stunned by the extraordinary detail that made up the grandstand facades. The enlarged view (left) highlights the artistic nature of League Park’s exterior brickwork.
Classic Ballparks League Park Art Nouveau Seat Figural Cleveland Indians Baseball Hall of Fame
Seat Figural This art nouveau seat figural (right) was attached to the side of the aisle-seat standards (above), in both the upper and lower general admission seats at League Park.
Classic Ballparks League Park Grandstand Cleveland Indians Baseball Hall of Fame Architect Thomas Woodman
Grandstand This cutaway section through the grandstand shows the general seating layout in this double-deck ballpark. Notice how the projection of the roof covers all the seats in the upper deck and the lower deck. This feature shows that this ballpark was designed with the patrons’ comfort in mind.
Classic Ballparks League Park Jacobs Field Progressive Field Cleveland Indians Architect Thomas Woodman
Intimacy The intimacy and coziness of League Park can be fully appreciated when compared to Cleveland’s Progressive Field (aka Jacob’s Field).
Classic Ballparks Napoleon Lajoie League Park Cleveland Indians Inaugural Game Baseball Hall of Fame   Classic Ballparks Cy Young League Park Cleveland Indians Inaugural Game Baseball Hall of Fame   Classic Ballparks Elmer Flick League Park Cleveland Indians Inaugural Game Baseball Hall of Fame   Classic Ballparks Addie Joss League Park Cleveland Indians Inaugural Game Baseball Hall of Fame
Napoleon Lajoie   Cy Young   Elmer Flick   Addie Joss
Hall of Fame Players from 1910 Inaugural Game The Opening Day lineup for the Cleveland Naps in League Park’s inaugural game included these four future Hall of Famers: the effective-hitting, three-time batting champion second baseman Napoleon Lajoie, who the team was named after; Cy Young, baseball’s all-time leader in wins and only pitcher to win 500 plus games; Elmer Flick, who was an AL batting champion while also leading the AL in triples from 1905 to 1907; and the almost unheard of, but astonishing, Addie Joss, who is first all-time in WHIP (walks and hits per innings pitched), second all-time in ERA (earned run average), and was credited with an unbelievable 45 shoutouts in a mere nine seasons.