Artifacts viewed by President during Hall of Fame Tour

May 22, 2014

Taft First Pitch ball, 1910

President Taft threw out this baseball on Opening Day in Washington, April 14, 1910. It was the first time a President inaugurated the season with a first pitch.

Object, Green Light letter

The “Green Light” letter, written by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to baseball Commissioner Kenesaw Landis, January 15, 1942.

TradeWeb promo ball pulled from WTC rubble

Promotional baseball pulled from the rubble of the World Trade Center, whose north tower once housed the offices of TradeWeb.

Charm bracelet, Eleanor Gehrig

Charm bracelet, an anniversary gift from Lou Gehrig to his wife, Eleanor, with jeweled links highlighting the slugger’s career with New York.

Ruth bat signed to Harding and Al Smith

Babe Ruth bat he autographed to President Warren G Harding (who dies before Babe could give it to him), then re-signed for NY Governor Al Smith in June of 1924. 

Joe DiMaggio glove

Glove used by center fielder Joe DiMaggio, the “Yankee Clipper,” late in his career, c. 1951.

Joe Jackson shoes

Shoes of “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, whose stellar 13-year career ended when Commissioner Landis banned eight Chicago players from baseball for throwing the 1919 World Series.

Half of home plate, Shea Stadium

Half of Shea Stadium’s home plate, seized by joyous New York Mets fans after the team’s division-clinching victory on September 24, 1969 .

Women’s tunic, Jean Smith

Jean Smith used this 1951 Peoria Redwings uniform during various stages of her seven-year AAGPBL career. 

Carlton Fisk jersey

Chicago White Sox jersey worn by Carlton Fisk on June 22, 1993 when he broke the record for games played as catcher, previously held by Bob Boone (Pudge Rodriguez is now first with 2,447; Fisk is 2nd).

Roberto Clemente cap, c. 1972

Pittsburgh Pirates cap given to donor by Roberto Clemente, when donor was sick child in the hospital in 1972.

Ichiro Suzuki Batting Helmet

Batting helmet used by Ichiro Suzuki in the 2006 World Baseball Classic, the event’s inaugural year. Japan defeated Cuba in the gold medal game, while Ichiro was named to the all-tournament team as an outfielder.

1972 LA Dodgers 42 retirement jersey

In 1972, 25 years after Jackie Robinson’s first major league season, the Dodgers honored him by retiring this jersey and number 42. In 1997, to mark the 50th anniversary of Robinson breaking the color barrier, Commissioner Bud Selig retired 42 for all of baseball.

1947 Day-by-Day Ledger Official Average Volumes

This is the 1947 Official Average Volume of the National League, commonly referred to as “day-by-days.” This is MLB’s official compilation of game by game statistics for every game ever played, as relayed to the league office by each game’s official scorer. This volume represents the breaking of the color barrier and contains Jackie Robinson’s first season statistics for every game, including first game on April 15 (now celebrated league-wide as Jackie Robinson Day.) He played first base in 1947 before moving to second.

Konerko 400th home run jersey          

On April 25, 2012, Paul Konerko made history in this road jersey when he clouted his 400th big league home run, all but seven coming as a member of the White Sox. One month later, Konerko joined Frank Thomas as just the second player to hit 400 or more homers with the Chicago White Sox.

Humber Perfect Game Cap                 

Philip Humber donned this cap on April 21, 2012, then he hurled a perfect game in just the 30th big league start of his career, topping the Mariners, 4-0. Only one big league hurler had reached perfection in fewer starts, White Sox pitcher Charlie Robertson in his fifth start, April 30, 1922.

Baseball from One-Game Playoff in 2008       

This is one of many balls that escaped unscathed from the September 30, 2008, one-game American League Central Division playoff. The White Sox and Twins combined for only seven hits as Chicago prevailed 1-0.

Jim Thome 500th career HR ball          

Launched by Chicago’s Jim Thome for the 500th home run of his career, this ball traveled 426 feet into history, September 16, 2007. Only Babe Ruth, Harmon Killebrew and Mark McGwire had reached that plateau in fewer at-bats than the 6,809 it took Thome.

Perfect Game Saving Glove                 

Entering in the ninth inning as a defensive replacement, White Sox center fielder DeWayne Wise used this glove to make a spectacular catch of a potential home-run blast by Tampa Bay’s Gabe Kapler, preserving Mark Buehrle’s perfect game on July 23, 2009.

World Series Winning Cap                   

Pitcher Freddy Garcia capped off the 2005 World Series sweep with seven shutout innings in Game Four while wearing this hat. Garcia won a 1-0 decision when the White Sox scored in the top of the eighth inning.

2005 World Series Replica Ring          

During the first week of the 2006 season, the White Sox celebrated their first championship since 1917 by giving away replicas of the 2005 World Series ring.

Walkoff World Series Win Bat             

In his first career World Series at-bat, Geoff Blum socked a home run with this bat to win Game Three of the 2005 Fall Classic, a 14th-inning game winner that put the White Sox on the brink of a sweep.

Consecutive Saves Glove                     

Bobby Jenks wore this glove to snag a temporary top spot in major league record books, retiring 41 consecutive batters in 14 appearances from July 17 to August 12, 2007. Two years later, Chisox starter Mark Buehrle passed Jenks by retiring 45 straight.

Walkoff Home Run Bat, World Series  

Scott Podsednik hit no home runs during the 2005 season, but used this bat to launch a game-winning homer in Game Two of the World Series, helping the White Sox sweep the Astros.