Champions Awakened: A Tribute to the 1945 Buckeyes


The Baseball Heritage Museum Fundraiser

Before the Barrier Broke: 1945, the Cleveland Buckeyes, and Black Ball

Table of 8 tickets available for $1000.
Includes one limited print keepsake and membership to The Baseball Heritage Museum for everyone at the table.



Ticket includes custom Ballpark Themed Food Stations, Open Bar & Presentation by Dr. Lewis Moore

Food Stations

  • Hotdogs & Brats with Assorted Toppings (Chili, Bertman’s, etc.)
  • Nachos (Beef & Pulled Pork) with Assorted Toppings
  • Assorted Popcorn
  • Soft Pretzels with Dipping Sauces
  • Donut Wall

    Dr. Louis Moore Bio

    Louis Moore

    Louis Moore is a Professor of History at Grand Valley State University. He is the author of two books, I Fight for a Living: Boxing and the Battle for Black Manhood, 1880-1915 and We Will Win the Day: The Civil Rights Movement, the Black Athlete, and the Quest for Equality. In addition, he has two audible lectures, African American Athletes Who Made History and A Pastime of Their Own: The Story of Negro League Baseball. He has also written for various online outlets including The New York Daily News, Vox, The Global Sports Institute, and First and Pen, and he has appeared on NPR, MSNBC, CNN, and BBC Sports. The co-host of the Black Athlete Podcast, his latest book, The Great Black Hope: Doug Williams, Vince Evans and the Making of the Black Quarterback will be released in Fall 2024.

    The Baseball Heritage Museum

    Baseball Heritage Museum

    The mission of The Baseball Heritage Museum is to preserve and present the history of diversity in baseball by entertaining, educating, and enlightening the visiting public about the multicultural heritage of baseball and the values it represents.

    They were ambitious people, proud of the nicknames like Satch, Double Duty, Fireball and Cool Papa. For too many years their stories have not been known. At the Baseball Heritage Museum, the public is able to experience their stories, photographs, letters, programs, uniforms and other game-used treasured memorabilia, which detail the important contributions from the Latin and Caribbean leagues, the Industrial and Barnstormer leagues and the Negro and Women’s leagues that helped shape the history of the great American pastime.

    The Baseball Heritage Museum is located at League Park, the original home of Cleveland baseball, in the center of the historic Hough neighborhood of Cleveland. The Museum is dedicated to preserving the artifacts and stories of baseball’s past with a special focus on diversity in the sport.

    The Museum uses the stories of challenge and triumph intrinsic in the stories of the Negro Leagues and other underserved demographics in the sport to take its presence to an additional level. General programming, youth educational offerings, community outreach and other initiatives are driven by the rich repository of life lessons in these stories. The Museum is also a driver of Cleveland’s sense of place, by continuously working to become a center of neighborhood life and a destination location for baseball and history lovers from across the city and across the country.


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