The History of Baseball in CLE – Bob Zimmer, Scott H. Longert, Ken Krsolovic & Bryan Fritz


Cleveland Stories Dinner Parties

  • Venue:Supper Club
  • Showtime:7:00 pm
  • Doors open:5:00 pm
  • All Ages, Free Admission, Table Reservations Required
  • Free Entry

And the Secrets of League Park

Please note: Proof of Covid-19 vaccination (card or photo is acceptable), or negative test (time-stamped, no older than 72 hours) is required to enter. Masks are suggested except while eating and drinking.




Doors open at 5:00pm, with the storytelling beginning promptly at 7:00pm

  • Weekly series combining great food with great stories about Cleveland’s past
  • Prix Fixe 3-course dinner option just $20
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Story topic this week…

The History of Baseball in CLE and the Secrets of League Park
Calling all baseball history buffs! Did you know League Park was home of the Cleveland Indians for over 50 years? That’s just the beginning! Learn all about the tremendous history of Cleveland baseball and the legacy of League Park from two lifelong locals and baseball experts; President and Founder of the Baseball Heritage Museum, Bob Zimmer and the Museum’s Director of Arts Education, Joe Gazzo. These CLE storytellers knock it out of the park!

Bob Zimmer Bio

Bob Zimmer is the president and founder of the Baseball Heritage Museum. His vision of honoring the diverse history of baseball began during the 1997 All Star Game festivities as a one time exhibit on the Negro Leagues at his family jewelry store on East 4th Street. Twenty one years later, the vision is going strong from the Museum’s location in the former ticket office at historic League Park. Baseball history has much to be thankful for in Bob Zimmer.

Scott H. Longert Bio

Scott H. Longert, an avid baseball historian, has an undergraduate degree from the Ohio State University and an M.A. degree in American History from Cleveland State University. He has spent many years in the history field serving as the Sports Archivist for the Western Reserve Historical Society and Site Manager for Shandy Hall, an 1815 home in northeast Ohio. Scott was a Park Ranger for the National Park Service, stationed at the James A. Garfield National Historic Site until his recent retirement.

Scott has been a freelance writer for twenty-five years, publishing news articles on baseball history for The Plain Dealer Sunday Magazine, The National Pastime, The Baseball Research Journal and TimeLine Magazine.

In addition to writing, Scott is an accomplished speaker, presenting talks on Cleveland baseball history and League Park. He spoke at the 100th anniversary ceremony of Addie Joss’s perfect game, held on the grounds of historic League Park.

Scott’s new book, Bad Boys, Bad Times is the second installment of a trilogy on Cleveland Indians Baseball history. The first began in 1916 and the final installment will take the Indians up to and through the 1948 World Series.

Ken Krsolovic Bio

Ken Krsolovic
Ken Krsolovic is a past president of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and was a longtime voter on the NCBWA Division I national poll. In 2006, he was honored by the American Baseball Coaches Association for his 25 years of collegiate coaching at the ABCA convention in Chicago. He has also taught a slate of undergraduate classes as an adjunct professor in sports management. Krsolovic co-authored a book, League Park, Historic Home of Cleveland Baseball, which was published by McFarland in 2013.

A native of Euclid, Ohio, he is a graduate of The University of Toledo and Lakeland Community College and also holds a master’s degree in education from Lake Erie College. He was inducted into the Lakeland Alumni Hall of Fame in 2015. His wife Lisa, an elementary school teacher, is a former college athlete and coach.

Bryan Fritz Bio

Bryan Fritz is a co-author of League Park, Historic Home of Cleveland Baseball. He is also a researcher and a former prosecutor for the city of Cleveland.
The goal of the Cleveland Stories Dinner Party is to bring to life some of the fun, interesting stories about Cleveland’s past – from sports, to rock ‘n roll, to Millionaire’s Row, — the series will focus on tidbits from Cleveland’s past that will really thrill the audience. The Music Box is presenting this series in partnership with the Western Reserve Historical Society’s new Cleveland History Center. We think the Cleveland History Center is one of the most important museums in Cleveland. An unknown gem that Clevelanders should know more about, and support. It is the only museum in Cleveland dedicated to preserving and documenting the history of Cleveland. The Cleveland History Center includes two mansions, the Crawford Auto Aviation Museum, Chisholm Halle Costume Wing, Research Library, Kidzibits Hands-On Gallery, rotating exhibitions, and the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel.

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