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Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Remembering 10 Cent Beer at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, June 4, 1974

Injured pitcher led off field
A security guard escorts Indians pitcher Tom Hilgendorf from the field after he was hit on the head with a folding chair.

by Vern Morrison, Digital Production Assistant, Michael Schwartz Library

Established in 1901, the Cleveland Indians are a charter member of the American League. From the early days at League Park through the present day at Progressive Field, the Indians have taken part in nearly 9,000 major league games in that span. Cleveland has played host to the greatest players in the history of baseball, including Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle, and our own Bob Feller. Clevelanders have watched World Series games here, have seen perfect games pitched here, have seen fielders record unassisted triple plays here.

Of all of those thousands of home games, one of the most famous -- and certainly the one which was the most infamous -- took place in Cleveland Municipal Stadium between the Indians and the Texas Rangers on Tuesday, June 4, 1974. That is a day which will forever live in infamy as Ten Cent Beer Night. The game is not remembered for the play on the field, but rather for the behavior and actions of a few hundred of the 25,000 fans in attendance, many of whom took full advantage of a special promotion enabling them to purchase beer for the low price of ten cents a cup.

Umpire leads a bleeding fan off the field
Umpire Joe Brinkman leads a bleeding fan off the field during the fan riot in the infamous "Ten Cent Beer Night."

With no real restrictions on how many beers one person could buy at that price, many fans began to consume as much beer as they could hold. And perhaps bored with the game itself (the Rangers took an early lead and never trailed), many of these intoxicated fans began to misbehave. Some of them ran out onto the field, not always fully dressed. Others lit firecrackers in the stands, or threw projectiles, including bottles and full cups of beer, onto the field.

Despite repeated pleas for civility and order by team officials over the public address system, the mayhem continued. In the ninth inning, with the score tied at 5-5 and the Indians at bat, one fan tried to steal the cap from the head of Rangers outfielder Jeff Burroughs. Angry and fearful for the safety of his players, Rangers manager Billy Martin led his team, some of whom were brandishing baseball bats, onto the field to defend themselves. In a show of solidarity, some Indians players came out to join them.

But it was no use. Hundreds of fans stormed the field, and as the cliché goes, a melee ensued. Some fans took drunken pokes at Rangers players, at Indians players, and at one another. Indians pitcher Tom Hilgendorf was hit by a folding chair. When umpire Nestor Chylak was himself injured, he'd decided he'd seen enough, and declared the game forfeited to the Rangers.

For a time, the Indians continued to hold promotions involving beer sold at a discount, but they placed and enforced restrictions on how much beer one person could buy, and became less tolerant of rowdy and intoxicated fans.

Like it or not, the memory of Ten Cent Beer Night, like the flaming Cuyahoga River, has become and may forever be part of our city's legacy.

See photos of Ten Cent Beer Night in Cleveland Memory.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2014-05-22 10:40:52. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Cleveland Memory.

Know-It-Now Chat Reference Service Discontinued

As of June 1, 2014, OhioLINK is discontinuing its real-time chat reference service, KnowItNow. The Michael Schwartz Library is currently investigating a replacement for this service, which will be made available this summer.

If you need quick reference help, use our email reference service, or call the Reference Center at (216) 687-5300.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2014-05-22 09:02:54. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Library News, Reference.

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

SYSTEMS ALERT: Cleveland Memory Database to be Off-Line for Scheduled Upgrade May 5th

Due to a scheduled software upgrade, the ContentDM server for Cleveland Memory will be off-line from approximately 8 am until noon on Monday May 5, 2014. During this period, visitors to the Cleveland Memory website will be unable to search or otherwise access the digital collections in the ContentDM database.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2014-05-02 07:19:08. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Cleveland Memory, Library News.

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Commemorate William Shakespeare's 450th Birthday! Born April 23, 1564

Romeo and Juliet, 1936
From a production of Romeo & Juliet at the Great Lakes Exposition, 1936.

Cleveland Public Library & Great Lakes Theater commemorate William Shakespeare's 450th Birthday!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m.
Cleveland Public Library
Main Library, 2nd Floor

Great Lakes Theater joins the Cleveland Public Library to celebrate the 450th Anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare. The Great Lakes staff perform a scene from one of Shakespeare's best-loved plays, Romeo & Juliet!

This will be followed by a Workshop presented by Great Lakes Theater staff. It will culminate in an audience participation recreation of the fight scene between the Capulets and the Montagues in Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet.

More Shakespeare Celebrations at CPL

Browse Cleveland Press Shakespeare Photographs: 1870-1982 in EngagedScholarship@CSU
Cleveland Press Shakespeare Photographs: 1870-1982, a collection of more than 400 publicity photographs depicting scenes from stage productions, motion pictures, and televised productions are available in EngagedScholarship@CSU, a showcase for research and creative output of Cleveland State University.

Read more about this digital gallery or contact Michael Schwartz Library's Special Collections at 216-687-2449.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2014-04-22 10:48:17. Reply to Barbara_Loomis. Categories: Library News.

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

ATTN: CSU Students! We Want to Know What You Think! You Could Win Viking Cash

Win Viking Cash

Come to the Michael Schwartz Library and use the Voting Booth to answer one question and you will be entered to win $10 in Viking Cash.

Each person may vote only once. Three winners will be randomly selected at the end of the question period. Winners will be notified by their CSU email account.

The Voting Booth is located to the left of the User Services desk as you come into the Library.


Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2014-04-15 13:30:05. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Library News.

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Celebrate National Library Week April 13-19, 2014

NLW 2014 logo
National Library Week Celebration Kick-off
Monday April 14, 2014 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Library Connection Lounge, 1st floor
Join us as we kick-off National Library Week. Play Plinko for Prizes for a chance to win a t-shirt and more. There will also be refreshments.
National Library Workers' Day
Tuesday April 15, 2014
NLWD is a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.
School of Library and Information Science at KSU Information Table
Wednesday April 16, 2014 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Library Connection Lounge, 1st foor
Explore career opportunities in Library and Information Science. A representative from Kent State University will be here to answer your questions.
Laura Taxel
Local Authors Book Talk Series: Laura Taxel
Wednesday April 16, 2014 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
RT 503
Join award-winning journalist and author as she provides an engaging discussion and presentation about her book, Cleveland's West Side Market: 100 Years & Still Cooking. To sign up, call 216-875-9734 or email
Student Focus Group
Thursday April 17, 2014 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
RT 503
We want to know what you think. Join us for FREE pizza and let us know what type of events you would like to see at the Library. Email to sign up.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2014-04-03 15:38:24. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Library News.

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

LearningExpress Library Has New Interface

LearningExpress Library has a new interface, LearningExpress Library 3.0, that replaces its current website. Return users for LearningExpress Library and for Job & Career Accelerator will need to create new accounts for the new system, since accounts that were set up with LearningExpress Library 2.0 will no longer work with version 3.0.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2014-03-26 07:28:36. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Library News.

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Friends of the Library Book Discussion - Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks March 26, 2014 at 3:00 in RT 503

Book cover for aleb's Crossing

Michael Schwartz Library
1860 East 22nd Street
Rhodes Tower, Room 503
Cleveland State University
Free and open to the general public

Join the Friends to discuss Caleb's Crossing by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks, who takes a remarkable shard of history and brings it to vivid life. In 1665, a young man from Martha's Vineyard became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College.

About the book
The narrator of Caleb's Crossing is Bethia Mayfield, growing up in the tiny settlement of Great Harbor amid a small band of pioneers and Puritans. Restless and curious, she yearns after an education that is closed to her. As often as she can, she slips away to explore the island's glistening beaches and observe its native Wampanoag inhabitants. At twelve, she encounters Caleb, the young son of a chieftain, and the tow forge a tentative friendship that draws each in the world of the other. Bethia's minister father tries to convert the Wampanoag, awakening the wrath of the tribe's shaman, against whose magic he must test his own beliefs. One of his projects becomes the education of Caleb, and a year later, Caleb is in Cambridge, studying Latin and Greek among the colonial elite, There, Bethia finds herself reluctantly indentured as a housekeeper and can closely observe Caleb's crossing of cultures. In Caleb's Crossing, Brooks has created a luminous tale of love and faith, magic and adventure (Penguin Books). A New York Times bestseller.
All are welcome!

For more information, call 216-875-9734.

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2014-03-06 10:55:28. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Library News.

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Meet Local Author Laura Taxel on April 16: includes book signing

Laura Taxel

The Friends of the Library Annual Local Authors Book Talk Series will feature Laura Taxel, who will visit CSU on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in the Library, Rhodes Tower, Room 503. Laura Taxel is an award-winning journalist and author and she will provide an engaging discussion and presentation about the Market and her three year odyssey of researching and writing Cleveland's West Side Market: 100 Years & Still Cooking, coauthored with Marilou Suszko. Her book chronicles the history of one of the oldest municipally-owned and-operated retail food markets in America. Using stories, memories and photos, she takes readers on a tour of the building, into the lives of vendors and shoppers, and give them a deeper, richer understanding of the foods, traditions, and rituals that are part of the Market culture. Book signing opportunity.

Refreshments from the West Side Market will be served.

Call 216-875-9734 to register for this free event.

More National Library Week Events!

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2014-03-03 16:43:21. Reply to Barbara_Loomis. Categories: Library News.

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Raising the Visibility of Elmer Brown and the Monumental Cleveland Murals

Raising the Visibility of Elmer Brown and the Monumental Cleveland Murals
Presentation: Wendy Partridge, Paintings Conservator, ICA-Art Conservation

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Cleveland State University
Student Center Ball Room, 3rd floor
Reinstallation of mural in the Student Center Ballroom

In observance of African American History month, Wendy Partridge will speak on the history and conservation treatment of two monumental murals by African American artist Elmer Brown (1909-1971). The murals were commissioned in 1940 for one of the first housing projects in the United States under the auspices of the WPA's Federal Arts Project. When their original building was demolished, these important murals were saved in a highly creative collaboration between the Housing Authority and Cleveland State University. They are now on public view in a highly prominent location in the Ballroom of the Student Center at CSU.

The talk will focus on Elmer Brown and the history of the murals in the context of the federal arts program in Cleveland, where a number of African American artists far exceeded the national average. It will also address the complicated deinstallation, conservation treatment, and reinstallation of the murals by the ICA.

The presentation will be given in the Student Center Ballroom (3rd floor) at Cleveland State University, 2121 Euclid Avenue, on Wednesday, February 26th at 10:00 a.m. This program is free and open to the public and is provided as part of ICA's Education and Outreach initiative, which is funded in part by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and the Ohio Arts Council. It is hosted by Cleveland State University's Michael Schwartz Library, History Department, and the Black Studies Program.

About the presenter

Wendy Partidge at workWendy Partidge at work in the lab.

Wendy Partridge has a graduate degree in Paintings Conservation with an M.A. in art history from the Conservation Center, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU. Prior to working for the ICA, she had internships and fellowships at the National Gallery, Washington, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She is a professional associate of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) and served for two years as chair of the AIC Paintings Specialty Group. She enjoys the community engagement and teaching opportunities afforded by working at a non-profit regional conservation lab. She is also the coordinator of the letterpress studio at Zygote Press in Cleveland.

An exhibit, The History of Elmer Brown Murals, will be on display in the Michael Schwartz Library from February 21 through March 31.

For more information, call 216-875-9734 or email

Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2014-02-14 12:54:08. Reply to Barbara_Loomis. Categories: Library News.

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