History comes home

Artifacts from 2011 World Series arrive in Cooperstown; Autumn Glory exhibit to open Nov. 19.

October 31, 2011

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – The infield dirt on the front of David Freese’s jersey – where the World Series Most Valuable Player slid into third base on his game-tying Game 6 triple – sullied the iconic Cardinals logo.

The smudges from line drives were clearly visible on Lance Berkman’s bat.

And the grass stains clung to Albert Pujols’ spikes… The ones he wore to en route to a record 14 total bases in Game 3.

It’s all living history from the 2011 World Series. And it’s already in Cooperstown.

Less than 72 hours following the final out of a memorable Fall Classic, visitors to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum got a look at the iconic artifacts that will forever tell the story of the Cardinals’ 4-games-to-3 win over the Rangers. Baseball fans from as far away as Maine, San Francisco and Canada snapped photos of the artifacts following a morning presentation Monday.

By Tuesday, those items will begin their accession process into the Museum’s permanent archive.

“Our job is to tell the story of this historic World Series,” said Brad Horn, the Museum’s senior director of communications and education who helped secure many of the artifacts. “These artifacts, which we will preserve in perpetuity, will help us tell this story.

“Every player in both the Cardinals and the Rangers clubhouse recognizes our role in history. And it’s the generosity of players that allows us to preserve this history.”

Artifacts donated by the World Champion St. Louis Cardinals include:

  • Jersey won by David Freese and the bat he used to hit his game-winning home run in Game 6.
  • Albert Pujols’ spikes from Game 3 when the Cardinals’ slugger tied a record with three home runs.
  • Chris Carpenter's Game 7 game-worn home jersey.
  • The bat used by Allen Craig to hit his Game 7 home run that broke a 2-2 tie.
  • A bat used by Lance Berkman throughout the World Series.
  • Caps worn by Cardinals manager Tony La Russa and pitching coach Dave Duncan.
  • Cap worn by Chris Carpenter after his 1-0 shutout over the Phillies in Game 5 of the NLDS

Artifacts donated by the American League champion Texas Rangers include:

  • Jersey worn by Adrian Beltre when he hit three home runs against the Rays in Game 4 of the ALDS.
  • Jersey worn by Nelson Cruz during Game 6 of the ALCS when he hit his sixth home run of the series.
  • Batting gloves and bat used by Nelson Cruz during Game 2 of the ALCS when he hit the first walk-off grand slam in postseason history.

After they are officially accessioned into the Museum, the artifacts will debut on exhibit Nov. 19 as the Hall of Fame opens its annual Autumn Glory exhibit celebrating the 2011 postseason. Autumn Glory will remain on exhibit through the 2012 World Series.

Craig Muder is the director of communications for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum