CLEVELAND: Cries of “play ball” should be in the air again this summer on the site of League Park, where the Cleveland Indians played in the early 1900s and Babe Ruth hit his 500th career home run.
A $6.3 million city-funded project to restore and renovate what’s left of the old ballpark on Cleveland’s east side should be done by mid-July, the Plain Dealer reported.
“We are looking for this to be a destination, not just a ball field,” said Michael Cox, Cleveland’s director of public works. “We’re hoping to give tours.”
Little remains of the ballpark that opened in 1891 when Cleveland Spiders pitcher Cy Young, now the Hall of Fame namesake of major league baseball’s pitching award, threw the first pitch. The original first baseline grandstand wall and the three-floor ticket house are part of the restoration effort.
A new artificial turf field will be added in May with home plate in the same spot where it was for the Indians. The field’s dimensions will be the same, too — 460 feet from center field, 375 feet from the left-field corner, and just 290 feet down the right-field line.
Bleachers will be added behind home plate.