Spring is here (finally). Temperatures are rising; the sun is setting later in the evening; flowers are blooming; and a new season of America's national pastime has started. That’s right: It’s time for some baseball.
We’re getting into the spirit with the digital collection at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, which is a baseball and history lover's dream. It contains more than 10,000 pieces of baseball-related ephemera, from game-used uniforms and equipment to archival photos, videos, and more. It even has fascinating baseball-adjacent paraphernalia, including vintage baseball cards and costumes worn by actors in baseball-themed movies like The Bad News Bears, A League of Their Own, The Natural, and 24.
Here are some of our favorites from the collection.
- Shoes worn by pitcher Bob Feller of the Cleveland Indians when he struck out 18 batters in a nine-inning game on October 2, 1938—a modern record that remained unsurpassed for more than 30 years.
- Babe Ruth’s final homerun baseball. Playing for the Boston Braves, Ruth hit this ball out of Pittsburgh's Forbes Field on May 25, 1935, for the 714th and final round-tripper of his major league career.
- An All-American Girls Professional Baseball League ball signed by members of the 1946 Muskegon Lassies team.
- The trademark glasses worn by broadcaster Harry Caray while working for the Chicago Cubs.
- The shirt worn by Carl Yastrzemski of the Boston Red Sox when he recorded his 3,000th career hit in a game against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park on September 12, 1979.
- The cap worn by pitcher Jim "Catfish" Hunter of the Oakland A's when he threw a perfect game against the Minnesota Twins on May 8, 1968.
- A reproduction Brooklyn Dodgers jersey worn by actor Chadwick Boseman while portraying Jackie Robinson in the movie 42.
Photo: At Yankee Stadium during the 1955 World Series, Brooklyn batter Roy Campanella and New York catcher Yogi Berra both start toward first base: Campy attempting to beat out his grounder and Yogi preparing to back up the play. Courtesy of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.