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Cleveland baseball fans, the Tribe is swinging back into action for the home opener on March 26. Seniors, register for the Chardon Senior Center for the March 24 Cleveland Indians Baseball Day to experience “In Bad Boys, Bad Times: The Cleveland Indians and Baseball in the Prewar Years, 1937-1941.”

Baseball historian and author Scott H. Longert has written about an exciting period for the team. In 1937, the Great Depression was still lingering, but at baseball parks across the country there was a sense of optimism. Major League attendance was on a sharp rise. Tickets to an Indians game at League Park on Lexington and East 66th were $1.60 for box seats, $1.35 for reserve seats, and $.55 for the bleachers. Cleveland fans were particularly upbeat – Bob Feller, the teenage phenomenon, was a farm boy with a blistering fast ball. Night games were an exciting development. Better days were ahead. But there were mounting issues facing the Indians. For one thing, it was rumored that the team had illegally signed Feller and issues with alcoholic catcher, dugout fights, bats thrown into stands, injuries and a player revolt kept things lively.

The presentation begins 11 a.m. At noon, enjoy a lunch of favorite baseball stadium foods: hot dogs, nachos, popcorn, Cracker Jack and more. Following lunch, play baseball Bingo from 1 – 2 p.m. $10 per person. Register at 440-279-2126.  

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