02/15/2011 11:25 AM
Cape League Baseball Exhibit Opens
at JFK Hyannis Museum on Friday
By JOHN GARNER, Jr
Director of Public Relations & Broadcasting
HYANNIS - The Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame exhibit inside the JFK Hyannis Museum will reopen Friday (Feb. 18) from 3-6 p.m. for the season in conjunction with the beginning of school vacation.
Tours of the Museum will be offered by Cape League volunteers at 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Some new displays featuring the connection between "Our National Pastime” and the Kennedy family will also be included.
Also on display are a collection of rare photographs, baseball cards, programs and more celebrating the Kennedy family and their love of Baseball. The collection also includes an image of President Kennedy throwing out the first pitch of the 32nd Major League Baseball All Star Game in Washington D.C. in 1962.
The Cape Cod Baseball League Hall of Fame and Museum displays thousands of relics and photographs from the rich history of baseball on Cape Cod.
Recent additions include recent CCBL Hall of Famer Lou Merloni game-worn Cleveland Indians jersey, a Nomar Garciaparra signed Boston Red Sox jersey as worn on Nomar Day at Fenway, several jerseys worn by current Major League managers who are CCBL alumni including Eric Wedge (Y-D) and Joe Girardi (Cotuit).
Also included in the exhibit are baseball bats and gloves worn by CCBL alumni in the Big Leagues – a Kevin Youkilis bat, Jacoby Ellsbury jersey, David Aardsma glove, Bill Schroeder No-Hit game worn catchers mitt.
There are nearly 10,000 baseball cards from Pie Traynor to Jacoby Ellsbury and Tim Lincecum which is the largest collection of CCBL baseball cards ever amassed. Many of these cards are of CCBL Hall of Famers such as Thurman Munson, Darin Erstad, Lou Merloni and Ron Darling.
The oldest known baseball relic on Cape Cod is an 1867 scorebook kept by the Cummaquid club of Barnstable. This club still in existence today was a men’s social club that played a barnstorming tour in the 1860s traveling across Cape Cod and southeastern Massachusetts on wagons to spread the game of BASEBALL.
The reopening of the museum will coincide with the book signing being offered by Martin Sandler, author of “ Kennedy Through the Lens” at the JFK Hyannis Museum. Admission is just $5 for adults and $8 for both the Baseball and JFK Museums. Children under 10 are free.