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Baseball Heritage Museum, Cleveland

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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.

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.

Mission

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.
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  • Great little museum with fascinating history. Best part is the field recreated in its original spot. Friendly staff.  more »
  • The museum is only open on Wednesday and Saturday, but it is well worth the stop for the baseball enthusiast. League Park has been recreated to it's actual dimensions and it it very neat to look aroun...  more »
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  • This was a great place to stop at off the beaten path to learn more about the history of the Cleveland Indians. This is a small museum that is run by volunteers that are very knowledgeable and friendly. It was amazing to see all out the artifacts they had on display as well as to learn that this was once a major league ball park. Definitely worth stopping if you are a Cleveland fan. There is off street parking for when you do.
  • Well organized. Lots of Cleveland area baseball exhibits. A jewel in the neighborhood.

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