Treasures from 2013 World Series Headed Home to Cooperstown

Collection of Artifacts from Red Sox’s Third World Series Championship in 10 seasons to Arrive at Baseball Hall of Fame on Thursday Afternoon

October 31, 2013
Just Arrived: The bat Jonny Gomes used to hit his game-winning home run in Game 4 of the World Series. (Milo Stewart, Jr./NBHOF)

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) – On Wednesday night, the Boston Red Sox became World Champions for the third time since 2004, defeating the St. Louis Cardinals, 6-1, as the franchise captured its eighth World Series title and the first clinched at Fenway Park since 1918.

Today, that history will head home to its eternal destination at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, as several treasures documenting the Red Sox’s riveting run will soon be displayed through a year-long exhibit celebrating baseball’s champions in Autumn Glory, the Museum’s exhibition celebrating the postseason.

At 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31, the Museum will host the first reveal of the artifacts collected following Wednesday night’s win. The program will take place in the Bullpen Theater and is included with Museum admission. Also on Thursday, the Museum will hold its annual Halloween Celebration from 3-4:30 p.m. as children and adults dressed in costume will receive free admission during that time as well as candy distributed by the Hall of Fame staff.

The Museum will open the exhibit dedicated to the 2013 Red Sox in early December in Cooperstown, featuring several artifacts from this year’s compelling World Series. The items that are already secured and will be making their way to Cooperstown on Thursday include:

  • Bat used by World Series MVP David Ortiz in the postseason
  • Spikes worn throughout the World Series by closer Koji Uehara
  • Jacket worn in Game 6 by Red Sox Manager John Farrell
  • Catcher’s helmet and mask worn by Red Sox catcher David Ross
  • Glove used through the 2013 postseason by Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew
  • Batting gloves used by Boston rookie Xander Bogaerts during the World Series
  • Jacket worn by umpire crew chief John Hirschbeck during the World Series
  • The official score sheet from Game 1, the first World Series game scored by a Japanese-born writer, Gaku Tashiro of Sankei Sports
  • The fake beard Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk wore when he threw out the ceremonial first pitch in Game 6

The bat used by Boston’s Jonny Gomes to hit decisive home run in Game 4, starting a streak of three straight Red Sox wins in the 2013 World Series, arrived in Cooperstown on Wednesday and will be a part of Thursday’s reveal and the exhibition. Other artifacts are scheduled to be added before the exhibition’s opening.

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