History Comes Home to Cooperstown as Hall of Fame Hosts 2010 World Series Trophy This Weekend
Special Giants-Themed Programs Highlight Saturday/Sunday Schedule at Museum
COOPERSTOWN, NY – The San Francisco Giants made history with their first World Series championship in 2010.
Their predecessors, the New York Giants, had already achieved mythical status as one of the powerhouse teams of the first century of play in the National League.
This weekend in Cooperstown, those cities and fans intersect in Cooperstown at a celebration of Autumn Glory.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will host its annual World Series Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, May 7-8, in Cooperstown, honoring the 2010 San Francisco Giants with two days of programming and special events highlighting the franchise's first World Championship in San Francisco, featuring a special appearance of the Giants World Series trophy.
Museum visitors will have the chance to take photos of the World Series trophy and create new memories at the home of baseball, where artifacts of the Giants' world title will be forever preserved. Many of those artifacts are on display in the Museum's exhibit Autumn Glory, which celebrates each season's playoff and World Series teams. Fans of the current day Giants and of the legendary New York teams of yesteryear will watch history come alive at the Hall of Fame as the symbol of baseball excellence makes a stop in Cooperstown.
Programs that will be offered both May 7 and 8 (unless noted) at the Museum include:
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. – 2010 World Series trophy on display, Library Atrium
10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. – History of the New York/San Francisco Giants, including a guided Museum tour, Tour starts at Membership Desk on first floor
11 a.m. (Saturday only) – Connect with AT&T Park via a live video conference for a virtual tour of the Giants home park and a lesson in Giants history, Bullpen Theater
11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. – Get an up-close look at artifacts from the Museum's collection documenting the history of the Giants, Learning Center
12 p.m. – Test your knowledge of Giants history in Giants Jeopardy, an interactive trivia contest, Bullpen Theater
All programs are included with regular Museum admission. The Museum will be open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. both days.
Giants fans can relive the team's 2010 World Series title throughout 2011 through Autumn Glory, a tribute to the 2010 postseason. Among the items on display from San Francisco's five-game victory over the Texas Rangers, which delivered the Giants' franchise its first World Series title since 1954, are:
- Bat used by World Series Most Valuable Player Edgar Renteria to hit his game-winning home run in Game 5.
- Road jersey worn by Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum in Game 5; Lincecum won two games in the Fall Classic.
- World Series batting helmet worn by Cody Ross, who scored five runs in the World Series.
- Cap worn by the Giants Madison Bumgarner in Game 4 when the rookie pitched eight shutout innings.
- Cap worn by the Giants' Matt Cain in Game 2; Cain allowed no earned runs in 21.1 postseason innings in 2010.
- Left spike worn by the Giants' Aubrey Huff in the Series; Huff drove in eight runs in the 2010 postseason.
- Catcher's mask and spikes worn by the Giants' Buster Posey throughout the Series.
- Bat used by the Rangers' Mitch Moreland to hit his Game 3 home run, the first World Series round-tripper in Rangers' history.
- Ceremonial first pitch ball from Game 4, delivered by former President George W. Bush and former President George H.W. Bush, signed by both men.
- Dirt taken from around the pitching mound following Game 3 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington to mark the first World Series game in North Texas history.
For more information on Giants Weekend at the Hall of Fame, call 1-888-Hall-of-Fame or visit www.baseballhall.org.
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