Yesterday, we got this information in an email from Darren Hamm:
Dear Friends and Family:
As many of you may know, I’ve been working for the past few years with a small group of very dedicated friends to save Brookside Stadium, a Cleveland landmark that lies in slumber in our neighborhood. Unlike it’s much more famous local cousin, League Park, Brookside’s claim to fame is impressive and includes hosting the 1915 National Intra-City Championship with an estimated attendance of 115,000 (see the photos on our site at http://www.brooksidestadium.org to believe it!)
Part of our work has been seeing this history recognized by building out this website, drafting petitions to see this field landmarked on the local and national registers, and ultimately attract the investment to see the field renovated and returned to playable condition for young and old players alike.
That’s why on behalf of the Brookside Stadium Preservation Society, we’d like to extend an invitation for you to attend the Brookside Base Ball Spectacular on Saturday, September 6th from 11:00am to 6:00pm. This is an all-day free event at the Brookside Reservation (see map) of the Cleveland Metroparks to celebrate baseball and raise awareness for the preservation of Cleveland’s historic Brookside Stadium. We’ll be featuring baseball games with players of all ages and abilities including youth leagues, celebrity softball, Beep Baseball, sports memorabilia and other vendors and local food and beverage trucks.
The culmination of the Spectacular will be the reveal of the Ohio State Historic Marker at 4:30pm at Brookside Stadium with a number of special guest speakers, a meet-n-greet with former Cleveland baseball players and coaches.
By saving the past, we are hoping to inspire the future, and see a new generation of players see Brookside home. Thanks for all of your support.
Darren T. Hamm
Brookside Stadium Preservation Society