League Park Reincarnated and More Morning Reading: Feb. 6

- The New York Times is featuring a great little article on Cleveland's former League Park and the neighborhood blight that rose up in its wake.

The grassy field at East 66th Street and Lexington Avenue in this city’s Hough neighborhood has a rich baseball past.

League Park, a home to the Cleveland Indians until 1946, once stood there. At home plate, near the site’s northwest corner, Elmer Smith hit the first World Series grand slam in 1920; in the same game, second baseman Bill Wambsganss recorded the only World Series triple play — an unassisted one. Babe Ruth swatted his 500th homer there in 1929 and Joe DiMaggio rapped two singles and a double in the 56th and final game of his record hitting streak in 1941 at League Park.

- Following a loss of $16 billion last year, the US Postal Service announced it will cease Saturday home mail delivery. 19 Action News, seizing upon the financial connection here, went with a coupla flashy dolla signs for its morning headline. $o... there's that.

- With a determination to avoid business-as-usual city planning, GreenCityBlueLake's latest post digs into the essential meaning of walkable urbanism and its future in Cleveland. Everyone loves a good buzzword - and we couldn't be happier (?) that the revitalization of up-and-coming commercial/residential neighborhoods is finally getting its due. See you on East 4th Street!

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Eric Sandy

Eric Sandy is an award-winning Cleveland-based journalist. For a while, he was the managing editor of Scene. He now contributes jam band features every now and then.
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