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Hometown Heroes - A History of Cleveland Baseball

Presented by the Maltz Performing Arts Center and the Baseball Heritage Museum and featuring Scott Longert

Celebrate Opening Day with Cleveland’s pre-eminent baseball expert and fan. Author and Historian Scott Longert will explore the history of Cleveland baseball in the first half of the twentieth century.

From a scrappy group of misfits that managed to win a pennant and World Series in 1920, through ownership changes, new stadiums, the Great Depression and internal strife that nearly tore the team apart, Longert brings the dramatic history of Cleveland baseball to life in the way only a fan can.

If you love baseball, Cleveland, history, or all of the above: this one has it all.

Scott H. Longert, writer and baseball historian, has been a freelance writer for thirty years, publishing news articles on baseball history for The Cleveland Plain Dealer Sunday Magazine, The National Pastime, The Baseball Research Journal and TimeLine Magazine.  He has written multiple books on Cleveland's baseball history spanning the first 50 years of the teams history.

He 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. In August of 2022 Scott achieved his dream by speaking at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

His undergraduate degree is from the Ohio State University and his M.A. degree in American History is from Cleveland State University. He has spent many years 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.  He remains a failthful fan of Cleveland baseball to this day


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.


About the Maltz Performing Arts Center:
Case Western Reserve University’s center has Silver Hall, a world class concert and lecture hall offering a variety of performances from New York Times best selling authors to the hot sounds of the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra. Our Silver Hall Concert Series brings the music of Cleveland’s neighborhoods to you for free. Enjoy a Candlelight concert or a community symphony in this historic landmark.

Livestream is available.  Post-show Q & A

Presented in partnership with the Baseball Heritage Museum