Exhibit A (for Autumn)
The exhibit is filled with magic moments – timeless pieces of history which tell the story of baseball’s postseason and the World Series.
Curt Schilling’s bloody sock is there, as is Willie Mays’ glove. Around every corner in the Hall of Fame’s Autumn Glory exhibit, greatness awaits.
On the far wall, a video plays – describing the heroes of each World Series. David Freese’s epic moments of a month ago are already edited in. And just a few feet away hangs Freese’s jersey, the one ripped off his back by his jubilant Cardinals’ teammates following his walk-off Game 6 home run.
History is at home in Cooperstown.
The newest version of Autumn Glory – “The Cardinals Comeback” – opened to the public for the first time on Thursday as Museum visitors got the chance to experience the 2011 World Series first-hand.
Following the Cardinals’ World Series-clinching win on Oct. 28, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum acquired nearly a dozen artifacts from the both the Cardinals and the Texas Rangers. Artifacts donated by the Cardinals and featured in the exhibit from the 107th World Series include:
- Jersey worn by Freese and the bat he used to hit his game-winning home run in Game 6.
- Albert Pujols’ spikes from Game 3 when the Cardinals’ slugger tied a record with three home runs.
- Chris Carpenter’s Game 7 game-worn home jersey.
- The bat used by Allen Craig to hit his Game 7 home run that broke a 2-2 tie.
- A bat used by Lance Berkman in Game 7.
- Cap worn by Cardinals manager Tony La Russa in his last managerial performance before his retirement.
- Cap worn by Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan, to represent a record number of postseason pitching changes.
- Cap worn by Carpenter after his 1-0 shutout over the Phillies in Game 5 of the NLDS.
Additional items featured in the exhibit to commemorate the Cardinals title include:
- Press Pins from the Cardinals and Rangers
- Front pages from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch detailing the Cardinals Comeback
- Rally Squirrel hand towel giveaway
In addition to these treasures, the exhibit also features artifacts from the American League champions Rangers from the 2011 postseason, including:
- Jersey worn by Adrian Beltre when he hit three home runs against the Rays in Game 4 of the ALDS.
- Batting gloves used by Nelson Cruz during Game 2 of the ALCS when he hit the first walk-off grand slam in postseason history.
The 2011 World Series exhibit in Autumn Glory will be on display through the 2012 Major League Baseball postseason. Entrance to the Autumn Glory exhibit is included with Museum admission.
The World Series is history, but the memories remain alive in Cooperstown.
Craig Muder is the director of communications at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.