Cleveland Indians call on storied history during playoff run

Posted at 4:54 PM, Oct 14, 2016
As the Indians set out on their quest to clinch another World Championship for Cleveland, it's the perfect time to take a look back and celebrate the team's rich history with our city.
That history comes to life at the team's original home, League Park.
The old ticket house of the historic ballpark at East 66th Street and Lexington Avenue is packed with memorabilia. It sits just steps from the field where memories and historic moments played out.
"The Indians talk about connecting generations, and we feel very passionately about that, too," said Morris Eckhouse, of the Baseball Heritage Museum.
The artifacts and stories inside the walls of the museum weave those generations of Tribe fans together.
"If you just had the players on the Cleveland Indians and you took away the history - it's just a group of guys," said Eckhouse.
All of it inside the ticket house of the restored ballpark which dates back to the late 1800's.
"League Park is the cornerstone of baseball in Cleveland, Ohio," said museum founder Bob Zimmer.
The park has hosted some of baseball's biggest moments.
"Joe DiMaggio hitting in his 56th straight game here in 1941, Babe Ruth hitting his 500th home run here in 1929," said Eckhouse.
League Park and the team that called it home is also known for breaking race and gender barriers in the game.
"There's a very strong theme of diversity that runs through Cleveland baseball," said Eckhouse.
The Baseball Heritage Museum relocated to the city's Hough neighborhood in 2014 after years downtown on East 4th Street.
"And now we feel that we're at home where we should be, where baseball really started in Cleveland, and where the Indians grew from," said Zimmer.
The staff says the museum is still a hidden gem despite its connection to a key piece of Cleveland's baseball puzzle.
"To have a baseball museum right where that history was made - even Cooperstown and the National Hall of Fame doesn't have that," added Eckhouse.
The Baseball Heritage Museum is open every Saturday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.