Thu 7/27 @ 7PM
Charlie Vascellaro, a baseball historian/biographer, goes up to bat at Cleveland’s Baseball Heritage Museum to pay tribute to how an Arizona training camp helped integrate American sports in the late 1940s.
It was called the “Cactus Leagues,” where Negro Leagues stars Larry Doby, Willie Mays, Monte Irvin and Ernie Banks began spring training in Arizona, closely following the footsteps of Jackie Robinson. Doby would become the American League’s first black player when he joined the Cleveland Indians six weeks after Robinson’s debut on the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Vascellaro will show a multimedia presentation on all four players at the Baseball Heritage Museum, itself a recent refitting/rehabilitation of remnants of Cleveland’s own early stadium, League Park. Admission is free. Registration in advance is suggested but not mandatory.