Yankees World Series Treasures Now on Display in Cooperstown
Matsui’s bat, Damon’s spikes highlight newest additions in Autumn Glory exhibit
COOPERSTOWN, NY – As the New York Yankees celebrate their record 27th World Series championship, treasures from the baseball’s most memorable moments from the 2009 postseason are now on display in the Autumn Glory exhibit at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown.
Following the Yankees’ World Series-clinching win on Nov. 4, the Museum acquired nearly a dozen artifacts from the both the Bronx Bombers and the Phillies. Artifacts donated by the Yankees from the 105th World Series include:
- Hideki Matsui’s Game 6 bat, when the World Series MVP drove in a Fall Classic record-tying six runs.
- Mariano Rivera’s postseason cap, when Rivera saved five of the Yankees’ 11 wins and posted a 0.56 ERA.
- Derek Jeter’s Game 6 bat; Jeter hit .407 in the World Series with five runs scored.
- Andy Pettitte’s World Series cap; Pettitte was 2-0 in the World Series, 4-0 in the 2009 postseason and was the winning pitcher in all three of the Yankees’ series-clinching victories.
- Johnny Damon’s spikes from his Game 4 double steal; Damon hit .364 in the World Series with six runs scored.
- Jorge Posada’s catcher’s mask from the postseason; Posada drove in five runs in the World Series.
- Jose Molina’s catcher’s mask from the postseason.
- Suzyn Waldman’s scorecard from Game 6; Waldman became the first woman to broadcast a World Series game when she served as a Yankees’ radio broadcaster during the 2009 Fall Classic.
Additional items from the New York Yankees World Series title may be added to the exhibit in the coming weeks. In addition to these treasures, the exhibit also features other items from the 2009 postseason, including:
- The cap worn by Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee during the postseason; Lee was 4-0 in five starts in the postseason with a 1.56 ERA.
- The No. 46 jersey worn by Andy Pettitte during Game 6 of the ALCS, when Pettitte set a record with 16 postseason victories. It was the second of three series-clinching wins for Pettitte in this postseason.
- The first ball to come out of play during Game 1 of the World Series, which was the first Fall Classic game at the new Yankee Stadium and a game which featured Cliff Lee’s 10-strikeout performance in the Phillies’ 6-1 victory;
- A bat used by Phillies second baseman Chase Utley during the World Series, when he tied a record with five World Series home runs.
The 2009 World Series exhibit in Autumn Glory will be on display through the 2010 Major League Baseball postseason.
The Museum collections contain many artifacts documenting the entire history of World Series and postseason play, including Don Larsen’s cap and Yogi Berra’s mitt from Larsen’s 1956 perfect game; Bill Mazeroski’s (1960) and Joe Carter’s (1993) bats from their Series-ending blasts; and World Series rings from the last century of Fall Classic competition.