Sep 21, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns helmet on the field before a game against the Baltimore Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports
The Western Reserve Historical Society will hold a closing reception for the 1964: When Browns Town was Title Town exhibit on June 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The event will be offer fans one last chance to experience the exhibit created in honor of the 50th anniversary of Cleveland’s last championship team. A number of former Browns players and coaches, including Hall of Famer Paul Warfield, head coach Sam Rutigliano, Ben Davis, Greg Pruitt, Cleo Miller, Sam Tidmore and Cliff Lewis will be in attendance.
The exhibit features large information posters of Jim Brown, Lou Groza, Gene Hickerson, Leroy Kelly and Warfield, all Hall of Famers who played on the team; as well as video from the season; radio calls from former team broadcaster Gib Shanley; a recreation of a locker from the old Stadium; and playbooks complete with multiple offensive and defensive diagrams from the season.
Edward Pershey, the historical society’s curator, said he worked to create an exhibit that would resonate with fans old enough to remember the team’s last title, as well as those who may only know the misery of the team since its return to the NFL in 1999.
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“The ’64 Browns were a long time ago,” Pershey told The News-Herald last fall when the exhibit opened. “Football was a lot different then. The city was different, the country was different. As a historical society, it’s our job to help people remember.”
The closing reception will feature beer and wine, light appetizers, and an opportunity to meet the collectors and donors who helped make the exhibit a reality. Tickets to the event are $10 and each ticket purchase will proceed the Marion Motley Scholarship Fund. The reception will be held at the Cleveland History Center, 10825 East Boulevard, in Cleveland.
To learn more, or to order tickets, visit the Western Reserve Historical Society’s website.