Cleveland Heights, Ohio: Grave of Only Baseball Player Killed by a Baseball

Ray Chapman was hit in the head with a ball thrown by a Yankees pitcher on August 16, 1920. A sign in front of his modest headstone notes that "Baseball fans paid for his monument with nickels and dimes."

Lake View Cemetery

Address:
Mayfield Rd, Cleveland Heights, OH
Directions:
Lake View Cemetery. Someone at the office can direct you to the spot, but if you try on your own, it's on the north side of Woodhill Rd, section 42, between Lake Rd and Foothill Rd, behind the big building, under some trees.
Hours:
Daily 7:30 am - 5:30 pm. (Call to verify)
Phone:
216-421-2665
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Grave faces out towards Woodhill, 6 rows up from the road (16-0). There is a collection of baseball hats and baseballs adorning the gravestone.

[R. Scott Jones, 08/11/2013]
Grave of Only Baseball Player Killed by a Baseball

On Woodhill Rd, section 42, between Lake Rd and Foothill Rd, behind the big building.

[Ann, 07/17/2012]
Grave of dead baseball player. Grave of Only Baseball Player Killed by a Baseball

A number of quarters, inexplicably left on top of the stone. Hmmm..

[Crawlin, 04/03/2011]

In 1920, Cleveland Indians shortstop Raymond Johnson Chapman was fatally clobbered by a New York Yankees pitch. A sign at his headstone explains that "Baseball fans paid for his monument with nickels and dimes." Quarters -- an adjusted-for-inflation show of respect?

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