James Creighton was baseball’s first megastar. Revolutionizing the pitcher’s role and changing the game forever, his shocking death at the age of 21 made him baseball’s first martyr. Buried at Green-Wood in 1862, Creighton’s grave quickly took its place in the pantheon of baseball meccas – his obelisk, topped with an iconic lemon-peel baseball (in marble), became a place of pilgrimage. However, that charming marble baseball disappeared long ago. Now, thanks to the work of Green-Wood historian Jeff Richman, baseball historian Tom Gilbert and an impressive lineup of loyal baseball fans, the marble top is back. Join us on our trolley as we drive out to Jim Creighton’s final resting place–with a guided tour by Richman and Gilbert of baseball sites along the way–for a celebration of this 19th-century phenom and the rededication of his monument.
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