“Hometown Heroes: A History of Cleveland Baseball”

Celebrate the Cleveland Guardians opening day with Cleveland’s pre-eminent baseball expert and fan, Scott Longert, at a “Hometown Heroes” event presented by the Maltz Performing Arts Center and the Baseball Heritage Museum. The event will take place Tuesday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the Maltz Center, located at 1855 Ansel Road.

An author and historian, Longert will explore the history of Cleveland baseball in the first half of the 20th 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.

About Scott H. Longert

Longert, a writer and baseball historian, has been a freelance writer for 30 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 team’s 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.

He received his undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University and his master’s degree in American history 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 faithful fan of Cleveland baseball to this day.

A livestream will be available, and there will be time for questions after the presentation. Tickets are $15, and guests can receive a special discount by using the promo code “DAILY.”

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