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The Stuff of Legends
Compiled by DAVID SABINO
July 25, 2007
Every one of the more than 165,000 pieces of memorabilia housed in the Baseball Hall of Fame offers an echo of one of the greatest players, moments or achievements of the game's past century and a half. We hereby showcase some stirring objets de sport on the occasion of their anniversaries
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July 25, 2007

The Stuff Of Legends

Every one of the more than 165,000 pieces of memorabilia housed in the Baseball Hall of Fame offers an echo of one of the greatest players, moments or achievements of the game's past century and a half. We hereby showcase some stirring objets de sport on the occasion of their anniversaries

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1967

CARL YASTRZEMSKI 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 winner.

1857

EARLY TROPHY BASEBALL

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.

1947

BROOKLYN DODGERS AUTOGRAPHED BALL

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.

1927

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