• Posted in: Historic Miscellania Baseball of Yesteryear

    Did you know that the Indianapolis Indians have been around for over 100 years?  Or that Indianapolis hosted the Toledo Blues, a team with two African American players, all the way back in 1884, 60...

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  • Posted in: At Your Leisure Nothing Beats a Day at the Ballpark

    Panorama of Washington Baseball Park (Image: of the Indiana Historical Society) There are few greater summertime joys than an evening at the ballpark. The crack of the bat, the roar of the crowd, and the...

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  • Posted in: Mailbag HI Mailbag: Tab Recreation

    Reader’s Question: I played several different sports at Tabernacle Presbyterian Church back in the 1950s.  I remember hearing that Tab’s recreation program was one of the oldest and largest church-sponsored athletic departments in the country.  Can you provide a little...

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  • Posted in: What’s in a Name? What’s in a Name? – Hinkle Fieldhouse

    Hinkle Fieldhouse at sunset – photo by Ryan Hamlett Hinkle Fieldhouse Location:  Butler University Campus Named for: Paul D. “Tony” Hinkle, multi-sport coach and athletic director, Butler University The iconic Butler fieldhouse takes its name from...

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  • Posted in: In the Park In the Park: Bertha Ross Park

    Today we head north from our last featured Watkins Park,  on Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard, to Bertha Ross Park, at 3700 North Clifton Street.  Indianapolis purchased this twelve-acre green space in 1925 to provide...

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  • Posted in: Friday Favorites Friday Favorite: Indianapolis Makes the Big League by Playin’ the Blues!

    Many a (field of) Indy dreamers has hoped for a major league franchise to lead off from the Circle City. For one fleeting year, 1878, the Indianapolis Blues were members of the National Baseball League...

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  • Posted in: What’s in a Name? What’s in a Name: Schumacher Way

    Max Schumacher Way Location: Downtown, near Victory Field Max Schumacher, president & chairman, Indianapolis Indians AAA Baseball team One of the shorter roads in Indianapolis, Max Schumacher Way is an access road into Victory Field,...

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  • Posted in: Vintage Flats Flats Saved: the L’Avon

    What’s your favorite flatiron building downtown? This apartment building is a potential contender–one of the oldest apartment buildings in Indianapolis. Six years after the Blacherne was constructed, the L’Avon was built in 1901 at 615...

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  • Posted in: Historic Miscellania Bush Stadium

    Bush Stadium, Pre-demolition – Photo by Ryan Hamlett As many of you may well know, Indianapolis’ historic Bush Stadium, once a mainstay on Indiana Landmarks’ 10 most endangered list, has been saved from total destruction...

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  • Posted in: Ladies Lounge Ladies Lounge: Girls played hockey in 1932 Indianapolis?

    With the excitement of the current Olympics, and all the inspiring USA and worldwide competitors, it’s hard to escape thoughts of sport this week. As barriers are broken: record-breaking times, ages–old or young, and the...

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  • Posted in: A Room with a View Room With a View: JW Marriott

    I think we all know that someone around here (ok, yeah, it’s me) is far more inclined to frequent an historic hotel, given her druthers. What this new one, the JW Marriott, has going for...

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  • Posted in: Sunday Prayers Sunday Prayers: A Hail Mary Saves Bush Stadium

    Surely you’ve heard by now: Bush Stadium is not going to be flattened, but rather, is going to be creatively integrated into a new complex of  “Stadium Lofts,” and in so doing, preserving a beloved...

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