World Baseball Classic History Preserved in Cooperstown
Artifacts from 2006 and 2009 WBC Tell Story of the International Game at Hall of Fame
(COOPERSTOWN, NY) – History will be made this week at the final round of the World Baseball Classic.
But long after the champion is crowned at San Francisco’s AT&T Park, that history will live on at the home of baseball in Cooperstown.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s archive features more than two dozen artifacts from the 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classic, which help the Museum document the game’s international growth. Several of those pieces represent the efforts of the three teams still alive in the 2013 WBC: The Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Artifacts include:
- A Team Dominican Republic cap worn by Bartolo Colon in 2006
- A bat used by the Dominican’s Adrian Beltre in 2006
- A cap worn by Ubaldo Jimenez of the Dominican Republic in 2009
- A cap worn by pitching coach Bert Blyleven of Team Netherlands in 2009
- A cap worn by Team Puerto Rico’s Carlos Beltran in 2009
Other artifacts from the first two World Baseball Classics in the Museum’s collection include:
- The shoes worn by Team Japan manager Sadaharu Oh in 2006
- The Team Japan jersey worn by tournament Most Valuable Player Daisuke Matsuzaka in 2006
- A Team USA jersey worn by Derek Jeter in 2006
- A bat used by Team USA’s David Wright in 2009
- A batting helmet worn by Team Venezuela’s Miguel Cabrera in 2009
All three remaining countries represented by WBC teams are also represented by Hall of Famers in Cooperstown:
- Dominican Republic: Juan Marichal
- Netherlands: Bert Blyleven
- Puerto Rico: Roberto Alomar, Orlando Cepeda, Roberto Clemente
The Museum will accession artifacts from the 2013 WBC following the completion of the tournament on Tuesday, including: The cap worn by Team USA manager Joe Torre; the cap worn by Team Italy coach Mike Piazza; and the ball from his first hit of this year’s WBC, recorded by Chinese Taipei’s Dai-Kang Yang.
For more information on artifacts in the Museum’s collection, please visit www.baseballhall.org/museum/exhibits.
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