By Samantha Carr
If you have seen highlights of the Cricket World Cup on television lately and been curious about this strange yet familiar game, you may want to plan a trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
On Wednesday morning, a truck pulled up to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum carrying exhibit installation pieces that have made their way across the pond. Components of the new exhibit Swinging Away: How Cricket and Baseball Connect were delivered just a short time after being on display at the Marylebone Cricket Club in London.
The exhibit will explore the roots of both sports and their relationship, featuring game-used equipment from historic moments in both sports, while delving into the origins, history and cultural impact each holds on its respective nations where the games are most revered.
Hall of Fame staff will begin the installation immediately and with the help of the designer from Marylebone, plan on spending a little over a week getting the exhibit ready for the public.
“The exhibit has already been on display, so most of the work has already been done. Our challenge is to take somebody else’s vision and try to put it together in a space that it was not specifically designed for,” said Mary Quinn, director of exhibits and design at the Hall of Fame. “From where the exhibit was located in London, the exhibit spaces are very different and the installation pieces must be very flexible and modular to create a space that will be welcoming to visitors.”
The official opening will be held April 17 with special programs featuring the Haverford College varsity cricket team – the only one of its kind in the United States – in a variety of public demonstrations and presentations. Plans and programs are still in the development stages for the Hall of Fame’s Cricket Weekend, June 3-5, with additional details to be announced soon. The exhibit will remain on display in Cooperstown through February 2012.
“The exhibit has a ton of cool artifacts and I think visitors will get a neat idea of cricket,” said Quinn. “Cricket and baseball are both beloved around the world, but this exhibit should give visitors to Cooperstown an idea of just how interrelated the history of these games are.”
Samantha Carr is the manager of web and digital media at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.