It was a beautiful evening for baseball at Huntington Park, with a season-high crowd of 11,373 turning out for the event. I guess some of them also showed up to see the Clippers face the Indians (not a good night for Ross Detwiler and the Clippers) or maybe for Sugardale Dime-A-Dog night (10 cent hot dogs!). In any event, in honor of Sir Bam Bam, the team was giving away these canvas printed plaques covering his career with the Clippers:
The I.L. Hall of Fame now occupies two of these plaques, so next year they will need to start on a third. Out front of the stadium is a bronze statue of Harold Cooper, the business man who brought baseball back to Columbus after the Cardinals had moved the previous affiliate (the Columbus Red Birds) to Omaha following the 1954 season. Cooper bought the International League team in Ottawa and relocated them to Columbus, establishing the Columbus Jets. Fast Forward to 1970, and unable to work out a deal for improvements to their existing stadium the team was again sold and was moved to Charleston, West Virginia, and became the Charleston Charlies. The Clippers began in Columbus in 1977, in the same stadium, and in 1984 it was officially renamed "Cooper Stadium". Harold Cooper is in the upper left corner of the plaque below. Hensley Meulens is in the lower right.