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Cleveland Municipal Stadium

Aerial view of Cleveland Stadium

Cleveland, Ohio

Tenants: Cleveland Indians (AL); Cleveland Browns (NFL)
Opened: July 1, 1931
First Indians game: July 31, 1932
First night game: June 27, 1939
Last Indians game: October 3, 1993
Demolished: November 1996
Surface: Bluegrass
Capacity: 78,000 (1931); 74,483 (1989)

Architect: F.R. Walker of Walker & Weeks
Builder: Osborn Engineering Co.
Owner: City of Cleveland
Cost: $3 million (1931); $5 million (1967 renovation); $3.6 million (1974 renovation)

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Location: On the shore of Lake Erie between the lake and downtown Cleveland. 1st base (S) W. 3rd and Cleveland Memorial Shoreway; 3rd base (W) Erieside Ave., Lake Erie and W. 3rd; left field (N)Erieside Ave. and Lake Erie; right field (E) Cleveland Memorial Shoreway.

Dimensions: Foul lines: 322 (1932), 320 (1933), 319 (April 27, 1947), 320 (June 6, 1947), 321 (1948), 320 (1953); corners where fence meets stadium walls: 362 (June 6, 1947), 360 (1980), 370 (1991); power alleys: 435 (1932), 365 (1947), 362 (1948), 385 (1949), 380 (1954), 400 (1965), 390 (1967), 395 (1968), 385 (1970), 395 (1991); short left-center: 377 (1980), 390 (1991), 364 (1992); deep left-center: 387 (1980), 400 (1991), 375 (1992); grandstand corners: 435 (1932); bleacher corners: 463 (1932); corners where inner 8-foot fence meets tall 16-foot straightaway center fence: 417 (1991); center field: 470 (1932), 467 (1938), 450 (1939), 468 (April 1947), 410 (April 27, 1947), 408 (1966), 407 (1967), 410 (1968), 400 (1970), 415 (1991), 404 (1992); deep right-center: 395 (1980), 400 (1991), 370 (1992); short right-center: 385 (1980), 390 (1991), 360 (1992); backstop: 60 (1991); foul territory: very large.

Cleveland Stadium Finale
 
Exterior view of Cleveland Stadium

Fences: Left and right field: 5.25 (concrete, 1932), 5.5 (wire, April 27, 1947), 5.25 (concrete, June 6, 1947), 6 (concrete, 1955), 9 (wire, 1976), 7 (wire, 1977), 8 (canvas padding, 1984); center field: 12 (concrete, 1932), 5.5 (wire, April 27, 1947), 8 (wire, 1975), 9 (wire, 1976), 8 (wire, 1977), 8 (canvas padding, 1984), 16 (for a 36-foot-wide are in dead center, angling down to the lower fences in the alleys, canvas padding, 1991), 8 (canvas padding, all the way around the outfield, 1992).

Proposed as a symbol of great civic pride, Cleveland's voters approved of building Cleveland Municipal Stadium by a margin of 2-1 in November 1928. However, a series of lawsuits and newspaper articles soon revealed issues which soured the public view of the stadium. By the time the stadium formally opened on July 1, 1931, it was generally regarded as a mistake.

The Indians played in Cleveland Municipal Stadium from July 31, 1932 to September 24, 1933. After that, the Indians usually played only their Sunday and holiday games there until Bill Veeck finally moved all of the team's games to the massive facility in 1947. On September 12, 1954 against the Yankees, the Indians played in front of their largest crowd in history, 86,563. It was the largest crowd for any team until the Dodgers started playing in the Los Angeles Coliseum. For most of their years at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, however, the Indians fielded losing teams and attracted small crowds which contrasted with their enormous ballpark. The stadium was demolished in November 1996.

Field level view of Cleveland Stadium
 
Osborn Engineering photo of stadium construction

Trivia:

  • A.K.A. Cleveland Stadium, Municipal Stadium, Cleveland Public Municipal Stadium, Lakefront Stadium and "The Mistake by the Lake."
  • The original budget for building the stadium was $2.5 million, which was exceeded by approximately $500,000.
  • It has been said my many, including this site, that the stadium was built to attract the 1932 Olympics. Research has revealed that this was probably a myth.
  • Teepees were erected in 1946 in the center field bleachers.
  • Site of the 1981, 1963, 1954 and 1935 All-Star games.
  • Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak came to end here on Thursday, July 17, 1941.
  • On September 23, 1949, Bill Veeck and the Indians buried their 1948 pennant in center field before a game, the day after they were mathematically eliminated from the pennant race.
  • The center field bleachers were called the "Dog Pound" during Browns football games.
  • On Beer Night, the Indians forfeited their June 4, 1974 game when unruly fans took over the field and would not leave.
  • The Indians enlarged the field of play significantly in 1991, believing that this would help their defensively oriented team, but the strategy didn't work and the fences were moved back in 1992.
  • No player ever hit a ball into the center field bleachers.

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Recommended Reading (bibliography):

  • Cleveland Stadium: The Last Chapter by Jim Toman, Gregory G. Deegan and James A. Toman.
  • Take Me Out to the Ballpark: An Illustrated Tour of Baseball Parks Past and Present by Josh Leventhal and Jessica Macmurray.
  • The Ballpark Book: A Journey Through the Fields of Baseball Magic (Revised Edition) by Ron Smith and Kevin Belford.
  • City Baseball Magic: Plain Talk and Uncommon Sense about Cities and Baseball Parks by Philip Bess.
  • Diamonds: The Evolution of the Ballpark by Michael Gershman.
  • Green Cathedrals: The Ultimate Celebration of All 273 Major League and Negro League Ballparks by Philip J. Lowry.
  • Lost Ballparks: A Celebration of Baseball's Legendary Fields by Lawrence S. Ritter.
  • Roadside Baseball: A Guide to Baseball Shrines Across America by Chris Epting.
  • The Story of America's Classic Ballparks (VHS).

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Aerial view of Cleveland Stadium © 1993 by Louie Anderson.
Cleveland Stadium Finale © 1996 by Thomas Kolendra.
Exterior view of Cleveland Stadium courtesy of George Tinker.
Field level view of Cleveland Stadium by Munsey & Suppes.
Cleveland Stadium under construction © 1996 by Osborn Engineering.

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