Today In Tribe History: August 20, 1938
Compiled by Jason Kaminski
Cleveland catchers Frankie Pytlak and Hank Helf set a new world record for catching a baseball dropped from a high altitude when they accomplish the feat at Cleveland’s Union Terminal Tower. The balls fall an estimated 708 feet and travel at an average speed of 140 miles per hour during their 52-floor descent. At the time of its completion in 1930, Cleveland’s signature landmark was the second-tallest building in the world behind the Eiffel Tower and stood as the tallest building in North America outside of New York until 1964.