Crankshaft is a popular, syndicated comic strip written by Medina-native Tom Batiuk.  The story centers around the eponymous Ed Crankshaft, a former minor league ballplayer turned crotchety grandfather, neighbor, and fire enthusiast.  Debuting in 1987 as a spin-off of Funky Winkerbean, Crankshaft has since become a mainstay in newspapers around the country, entertaining a legion of fans with its lovable - if somewhat dour - outlook on life and the aging process. 

In the Spring of 1997, Batiuk heard about Sportsmans Park from a mutual friend.  A baseball fan and an admirer of 'local flavor', he saw an opportunity to incorporate the field into his strip.  After having some brief conversations with Big Jim and getting a general background of the game, Batiuk took some photos of the field and went off to write. 
Most in the wiffleball community assumed he would run a single comic strip mixed into his usual weekly routine.  The author instead chose to do an extended drama on the entire construction and development of the field.  He even had the Cleveland Indians come out for a few games at the mythical backyard park.  The strip climaxed with the Sunday strip printed July 6th, 1997 and displayed below.