TRIPLE CROWN BAT
THE RED SOX Hall
of Fame leftfielder wielded this lumber en route to leading the AL with a .326
batting average, 44 home runs and 121 RBIs--the majors' last Triple Crown
IN THE earliest
days of the game it was customary for the winning team to adorn the game ball
with the date and score. This ball, which featured "lemon peel" seams
instead of stitches and was fielded without gloves, commemorates an
age-17-and-under match between Enterprise Base Ball Club of Brooklyn and Young
America of Harlem.
AN ARTIFACT with
significance well beyond sports, this ball from the 1947 NL--champion Dodgers
features signatures of such stars as Pete Reiser, Gil Hodges and a rookie
infielder, Jackie Robinson, who on April 15 of that season made his debut,
thereby integrating the major leagues and taking a crucial step for social
change in the United States.