A stitch in time

DiFranza_90.jpgBy Lenny DiFranza

Baseball history comes in all shapes and sizes – and fabrics. And the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is there to record it all.

Check out these socks that bear the Colorado Rockies logo, made at Coors Field by Rockies fan Meredith Davey, which won Craft magazine’s Stitch N’ Pitch design contest in 2007. They were then featured in the Rockies’ official magazine. Stitch N’ Pitch, a program of the National NeedleArts Association, has been hosting events at major and minor league ballparks and other venues since 2006.

03-25-10-DiFranza_Socks.jpgStitch N’ Pitch members came to Cooperstown in 2009 for a day of programs that had visitors “in stitches.” They’ll be back at the Hall of Fame this year on Saturday, April 24, for a hands-on opportunity for the whole family to create their own needlework projects. For more information on this event, click here.

Items made by fans, like these socks, have long been part of the Hall of Fame’s collection. In addition to celebrating baseball history and the greats of the game, the Museum also explores the relationship between baseball and the people who love it.

The socks are now in the Rockies’ exhibit in Today’s Game, the part of the Museum that presents artifacts from recent seasons, with a display for each major league team.

Lenny DiFranza is the assistant curator for new media at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.


I salute the Hall of Fame for recognizing some of baseball’s most loyal fans; the girls, the women, and those who turn their creative talents to the celebration of the game.

I want to thank Meredith for coming to the aid of a forlorn baseball-fan-in-limbo, and designing a Baseball Sock pattern for my beloved BROOKLYN Dodgers. I gave up sports when Walter O’Malley hijacked our Bums to LA. And, NO, they’re not the same team. I went to Ebbett’s Field and saw Jackie Robinson play. Now, THAT was real baseball.
Thank you, Meredith, from the bottom of this fan’s broken heart.

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