Sat 5/9 @ 1-2PM
The Baseball Heritage Museum at League Park continues its 2020 centennial celebration of baseball’s Negro League with a program called “Bazooka Blasts,” honoring a player whose name is familiar in Cleveland’s black community, though not necessarily because they know anything about him.
The player is Luke Easter, the namesake of a large park in Cleveland’s Mount Pleasant neighborhood. Easter played in the Negro leagues before making his debut with the Cleveland Indians in 1949, when he was already in his 30s. Given his late start, his career only lasted until 1954. He coached for a while before returning to Cleveland where he worked as union steward for TRW and, in 1979, was shot and killed in a robbery in Euclid while carrying payroll checks. The former Woodland Hills Park was named for him the following year.
Ike Brooks will talk about the career and life of a man whose home runs were dubbed “bazooka blasts,” by Indians broadcaster Jack Graney, and reflect on the sort of career he might have had if he had been able to play in the major leagues in his prime.
The program is free but registration is required. Go here to get the log-in code.