“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Wakeman in Huron County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Wakeman Red Cap Field

Wakeman Red Cap Field Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 24, 2019
1. Wakeman Red Cap Field Marker
Inscription.  The Wakeman Red Caps, perhaps one of this area’s best semi-pro baseball teams during the 1930s and 40s, first played night baseball under lights installed at Wakeman Field on July 24, 1935. The Field, no longer extant, was bounded by Hyde, Clark, Pleasant and Townsend (Ohio Route 303) streets. The game was played only two months after Franklin D. Roosevelt switched on lights at Crosley Field for the Cincinnati Reds. The Red Caps were part of the Wakeman Baseball Club, an organization which was founded in 1889 and was sponsored by Charles S. Clark, Sr., and others. For aspiring local baseball players, playing night baseball for the Red Caps was a great honor. Wakeman Field was annually graced with Abe Sapersteins’s Ethiopian Clowns, an African-American traveling baseball team, and also saw appearances by Tom Manning, Satchel Paige, John Gisbon, Al Schacht, Jesse Owens, and other sports greats.
Erected 1995 by Boy Scout Troop No. 242, Friends of Red Cap Baseball, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 3-39.)
Marker series. This marker is included
Wakeman Red Cap Field Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 24, 2019
2. Wakeman Red Cap Field Marker
in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 41° 15.288′ N, 82° 24.049′ W. Marker is in Wakeman, Ohio, in Huron County. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Street (U.S. 20) and Cooper Street, on the right when traveling west on West Main Street. It is in Wakeman Community Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wakeman OH 44889, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Civil War Soldiers Memorial (a few steps from this marker); World War I Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Great Kipton Train Wreck (approx. 5 miles away); Birmingham School (approx. 5.8 miles away); Westwood Cemetery (approx. 9 miles away); Charles M. Hall and Frank M. Jewett (approx. 9.7 miles away); Welcome to Oberlin Heritage Center (approx. 9.7 miles away); Willard Van Orman Quine (approx. 9.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wakeman.
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 11, 2020. This page originally submitted on January 10, 2020, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 34 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 10, 2020, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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