Treasures from History-Making World Series En Route to Cooperstown

Hall of Fame Visitors Can Get Their First Look at Artifacts on Monday; Museum’s Annual Autumn Glory Exhibit to Open Nov.19 at Cooperstown Shrine

October 29, 2011

COOPERSTOWN, NY – David Freese and the St. Louis Cardinals electrified the country Thursday night with their come-from-behind heroics.

Less than 48 hours after one of the most exciting games in baseball history, artifacts from that history-making game – and others from the exhilarating 2011 postseason – are on their way to Cooperstown.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will welcome 2011 postseason treasures home to Cooperstown this weekend, with their first public showing scheduled for 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 31 in the Museum’s Bullpen Theater as part of a special Artifact Spotlight. The program is open to the public and is included with regular Museum admission.

  • Artifacts donated by the National League champion St. Louis Cardinals include:
  • Jersey worn 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.
  • 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.

Immediately after Monday’s Artifact Spotlight, the historic pieces will be accessioned into the Museum’s collection. The artifacts will become a part of the Museum’s Autumn Glory exhibit, which will open Nov. 19 and pay tribute to the entire 2011 postseason. The 2011 Autumn Glory exhibit will remain on display through the 2012 World Series. Admission to the exhibit is included with a regular Hall of Fame ticket.

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.

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