Heritage Park at Progressive Field
Heritage Park is a two-tiered plaza inside Progressive Field honoring both past Cleveland Indians players as well as many memorable baseball moments. Offering a Hall of Fame featuring a wide variety of players throughout the history of the game, Heritage Park should be a stop on any baseball fan’s vacation in the Cleveland area.
Backstory and Context
originally Jacobs Field, was built in 1994 to replace Municipal Stadium as the
home of the Cleveland Indians. It hosted the World Series in 1995 (Cleveland
Indians v. Atlanta Braves) and 1997 (Cleveland Indians v. Florida Marlins).
Between June 1995 and April 2001, Progressive Field had a (then) record 455
straight sellout games.
In 2007, a picnic area in center field was removed to make room for Heritage Park, the home of the Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame. It is bordered by landscaping so that it is not visible from the stands. The entrance is in a walkway behind the outfield. Heritage Park has two levels. One level honors Indians’ ball players who have been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame; the second level contains individual plaques for the players inducted into the Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame. Included are Larry Doby, the first African-American player in the American League (began playing in 1946-just months after Jackie Robinson), and Satchel Paige, who was brought in as a "rookie" in 1948. Paige was well into his forties at the time. He had had a remarkable career in the Negro Leagues.
The most recent inductee is Omar Vizquel, the Indians shortstop from 1994-2004. He was inducted on June 21, 2014.