Play Ball! A Celebration of America's Game

New Exhibit Opening at History Colorado Center - April 7th

Play Ball! A Celebration of America's Game
 
See classic baseball artifacts—from Babe Ruth to Denver’s Blake Street Bombers.
 
Treasured memorabilia and iconic photographs bring the past to life through stories that begin on the ball field and echo through American history. Size up your hand against Babe Ruth’s. Find the nails Ty Cobb used to hold his favorite bat together, and admire the glove flashed by Willie Mays to make some of the game’s most memorable catches. See the uniform Joe DiMaggio wore in his final World Series and a receipt for roses he sent to Marilyn Monroe. And much, much more—these are just a few of the one-of-a-kind items on view in Play Ball!
 
Opening with the 2018 baseball season, Play Ball! showcases the Marshall Fogel Collection, one of the greatest sets of baseball artifacts ever assembled outside the Hall of Fame. This celebration of our national pastime is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to celebrate baseball’s storied history in a way you’ve never seen it before.

 

 Joe DiMaggio’s jersey

1951

Joe DiMaggio's Jersey

Courtesy of Marshall Fogel Collection

Joe DiMaggio—one of the greatest players of all time by any measure—wore this very jersey in game 2 of the 1951 World Series. This was DiMaggio’s away jersey, worn in game 2 of a series pitting his team, the defending champion New York Yankees, against the New York Giants. It was the final World Series for DiMaggio, who retired at season’s end.




 

Willie Mays's Glove

 

Willie Mays’s glove

Courtesy of Marshall Fogel Collection

Center fielder Willie Mays played 22 seasons, won two Most Valuable Player Awards and slugged a total of 660 home runs—still the fifth most homers of all time. But maybe most importantly, he won a record-tying 12 Gold Glove awards for his prowess as a fielder. This glove bears his autograph.

 

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14 May 2018


By James Jackman