Jim Egan discusses the history of baseball in Cleveland. A baseball historian, Mr. Egan uses baseball as a way to discuss other parts of Cleveland's history. He discusses the earlier architecture of Cleveland (horse hitching posts, flat roofed housing, and chimneys). He also discusses Public Square and Terminal Tower. According to Egan, organized baseball started in Cleveland as early as 1865. He discusses the creation of the modern game, baseball clubs (both locally and nationally), amateur baseball, and the creation of city leagues. He also discusses the connection between ethnicity and baseball, civic boosterism, local ballparks, and the relationship between baseball and labor unions. Other topics include the Cleveland's Euclid Corridor project, Egan family history, the rivalry between the east side and west side of Cleveland, memories from his young adulthood, and the Tremont area.
Egan, Jim (interviewee)
Calder, James (interviewer)
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"Jim Egan Interview, 24 July 2007" (2007). Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection. Interview 910002.