Shohei Ohtani’s Cap from World Baseball Classic among Team Japan Artifacts Coming to Cooperstown
(COOPERSTOWN, NY) – With the world watching every pitch, Team Japan wrapped up the 2023 World Baseball Classic title in Miami on Tuesday night in thrilling fashion.
Today, artifacts from that historic victory are headed to Cooperstown and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
Following Japan’s 3-2 victory over Team USA, the Museum acquired several artifacts that will forever tell the story of a team and a tournament that captivated the baseball world. Artifacts en route to Cooperstown include:
- Cap worn by WBC Most Valuable Player Shohei Ohtani in the championship game
- Bat used by Masataka Yoshida during the WBC
- Batting gloves worn by Munetaka Murakami during the championship game and batting helmet worn by Murakami throughout the WBC
- Jersey worn by winning pitcher Shota Imanaga in the championship game
- Pullover worn by manager Hideki Kuriyama in the championship game
Additional artifacts from the 2023 World Baseball Classic donated by Team USA include:
- Cap worn by pitcher Adam Wainwright throughout the WBC
- Spikes worn by Trea Turner during the WBC
- Batting glove worn by Trea Turner during the semifinals vs. Team Cuba