At the Baseball Heritage Museum, the public will be able to experience their stories, photographs, letters, programs, uniforms and other game-used treasured memorabilia detailing the important contributions from the Latin and Caribbean leagues, the Industrial and Barnstormer leagues and the Negro and Women’s leagues that helped shape the history of the great American pastime.Add Baseball Heritage Museum to your Cleveland travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Cleveland day trip site.
A note from Executive Director Vern Fuller
How much do you really know about our national pastime? The Baseball Heritage Museum is more than just baseball stories. It is a real education on former players and coaches connected with the rich diversity of our nation’s pastime.
I sincerely hope you will bring your family and friends to experience the colorful history of the great game of baseball. Please help lead the effort to secure the preservation of our national pastime.
The Origin of the Museum
Robert Zimmer started displaying memorabilia from the Negro Baseball League in his jewelry store in downtown Cleveland during the 1997 All-Star game. “It was going to be a one-weekend event to help draw people into my jewelry store,” he said, “But so many customers were really interested in the history of baseball that it became a passion for me.”
Now, thanks to the support of organizations like the Gund Foundation, Medical Mutual of Ohio, the Cleveland Indians, the historic Gateway District and private donors– Zimmer has secured 5,800 square feet of space in the Cleveland’s 5th Street Arcades to house the Basebal Heritage Museum.
Here the public will be able to experience the stories, photographs, letters, programs, uniforms and other game-used treasured memorabilia detailing the important contributions from the Latin and Caribbean leagues, the Industrial and Barnstormer leagues and the Negro and Women’s leagues that helped shape the history of the great American pastime.
The mission of the museum is to preserve and present the history of diversity in baseball by entertaining, educating, and enlightening the visiting public about the multicultural heritage of baseball and the values it represents.
Baseball Heritage Museum reviews
This was truly a neat stop. I had no expectations other than it had something to do with baseball. Boy was I surprised! It is inside of an old building part of the second Indian's stadium, built in... more »
Small museum with very knowledgeable staff that are volunteers. Very interesting and my boys loved it. Be sure to leave a donation! more »
A walk back in history is always a good time! Great memorabilia including a Babe Ruth home run ball.
Was finally able to visit and what a great collection of baseball memorabilia. This place also has such amazing Cleveland history. All of the workers were great at sharing all of the information to visitors.
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