Tampa Bay Rays

From the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s collection containing tens of thousands of artifacts, our curators have created each team’s Starting Nine by hand-picking nine must-see pieces for each of the 30 MLB teams. This limited-time list is the perfect introduction to the Museum for every Tampa Bay Rays fan.

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Matt Garza's Baseball

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This ball comes from the first no-hitter ever pitched by a member of the Rays, as Matt Garza faced the minimum 27 batters in defeating the visiting Detroit Tigers, 5-0, on July 26, 2010.

Evan Longoria's Bat

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Rays third baseman Evan Longoria swung this bat for a 12th-inning, walk-off home run to beat the Yankees on the last day of the 2011 regular season. Coming back from a 7-0 deficit, Tampa Bay's dramatic victory pushed the club one game ahead of Boston and into the sole American League Wild Card spot.

Carl Crawford's Shoes

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On May 3, 2009, Tampa Bay’s Carl Crawford ran wild in these shoes, stealing six bases in one game, the first American Leaguer to achieve the feat since Hall of Famer Eddie Collins in 1912.

Fernando Rodney's Cap

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On October 3, 2012, Tampa Bay’s Fernando Rodney wore this cap while earning his 48th and final save of the year, a single-season record for Rays relievers. His microscopic 0.60 ERA is an all-time record for pitchers who have logged at least 70 innings pitched in a season.

Blake Snell's Jersey

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Wearing this jersey on September 23, 2018, Blake Snell earned his 21st victory of the year, becoming the first Rays pitcher to win more than 20 games in a season. His 21-5 record and 1.89 ERA earned him the 2018 American League Cy Young Award.

The Cowbell

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Inspired by a famous "Saturday Night Live" skit, the Tampa Bay Rays began distributing cowbells such as this one to fans at Tropicana Field starting in 2006. Today, cowbells (and their distinctive noise) are synonymous with Rays baseball.

Melvin Upton Jr.'s Shoes

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Wearing these shoes during Game Three of the 2008 World Series, Tampa Bay’s Melvin Upton Jr. (formerly known as B.J.) became the first American Leaguer to steal three bases in a Series game.

Willy Aybar's Baseball

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In Game Seven of the 2008 ALCS, Tampa Bay designated hitter Willy Aybar crushed this ball for a home run to deep left field, giving his club a 3-1 lead over the Boston Red Sox. The Rays went on to win the game by that same score, propelling them to their first-ever World Series appearance.

Wade Boggs' Jersey

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Devil Rays third baseman Wade Boggs made history in this jersey on August 7, 1999, when he became the first player to collect his 3,000th hit with a home run and the first to reach the coveted milestone as a member of Tampa Bay.

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