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Cranberry Ballpark

Article from the NY Times about Babe Ruth's Hazleton PA appearance.The Cranberry Creek site is perhaps most famous for its baseball past. In 1922, the site was home to the Hazleton Mountaineers, a New York-Pennsylvania League (eventually known as the Eastern League) Class B baseball team. The team’s stadium held 5,000 spectators.

On October 22, 1923, the legendary Babe Ruth played at the stadium. He slammed one out of the ballpark during practice, but went hitless during the game, which ended early so Ruth could sign autographs. It is rumored that Ruth's teammate Lou Gehrig may also have played at Cranberry that day.

The Mountaineers played as a team until 1936, when they became the Hazleton Red Sox, an affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. They played as the Red Sox from 1927 to 1938. The ballpark's illustrious history came to a close in 1965 when it was demolished to make way for State Route 924.

As a developer, you can help play a role in the future of Cranberry Creek. Learn more about a possible concept plan for the site.