Matthew B. Long
Over 200 photos from 1946-64, when the Cleveland Browns were one of the best teams in football. These are the years of Paul Brown, Otto Graham, and Jim Brown, when the Browns won eight league championships. Coach Paul Brown completely revolutionized the game of football. Otto Graham brought the Browns to ten straight championship games. And Jim Brown is considered by many to be the greatest football players to ever play the game.
League Park, Cleveland's original ballpark was located at E. 66th and Lexington Ave. in Cleveland (see Google map). Cy Young pitched the first game there on May 1, 1891 for the National League Cleveland Spiders. Other famous players who appeared at League Park include Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Sachel Paige, Lou Gehrig, and Joe DiMaggio.
Built in the late 1800s, the ballpark was the site of numerous historic sports moments, including:
- the 1920 World Series
- the first grand slam in World Series history (1920 series)
- first unassisted triple play in baseball history (1920 series)
- Cleveland Indians pitcher Bob Feller's first game (1936)
The park, now a playground, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Cleveland Indians in 2001, the Cleveland Indians organization released a roster of the top 100 greatest Indians as selected by a panel of veteran baseball writers, historians and executives.
Of the more than 1,500 men who played for the Indians throughout their history, these players are notable for their presence, ability, achievements, and popularity. To further commemorate these players, Cleveland Memory has complemented the roster with photos of the players, where available.