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Historic park is dedicated to late councilwoman who championed it's rehab

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New sign showing the park's dedication to former Ward 7 councilwoman Fannie Lewis New sign showing the park's dedication to former Ward 7 councilwoman Fannie Lewis
Statue of former councilwoman of Ward 7, Fannie Lewis Statue of former councilwoman of Ward 7, Fannie Lewis
Mayor Frank Jackson Mayor Frank Jackson
Dedication ceremony of League Park Dedication ceremony of League Park
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

A dedication ceremony took place on Saturday, September 7, at the historic League Park located in the Hough Neighborhood of Cleveland.

League Park on E. 66th St. and Lexington Ave., once home of the Cleveland Indians and the 1945 Negro League champion Cleveland Buckeyes, was dedicated to former Ward 7 City Councilwoman Fannie Lewis.

To many residents in the Hough community, the dedication to Councilwoman Lewis was the perfect decision.  Lewis envisioned League Park as a catalyst for a Hough renaissance and pitched the plan until she died in 2008.

The revitalization project began in March 2013 and plans for it's completion are projecting Spring of 2014.

The park will now be referred to as the "Fannie M. Lewis Community Park at League Park".

League Park hosted its first baseball game in 1891, with baseball legend Cy Young on the pitching mound for the Cleveland Spiders and is on the National Register of Historic Places due to the fact that many greats of baseball such as Babe Ruth and Satchel Paige played there.

The Indians also used League Park from 1900 through 1946 and continued to play games there for 15 years after Municipal Stadium opened. It was the team's home field during the 1920 World Series.

Although League Park is well-known as a baseball park, the old Cleveland Rams played professional football games there in the 1940s and it served as a practice field for the Browns until 1951.  Later that year the city bought the property and thought it was a good idea to convert it into a community park which eventually fell apart.

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