Sports & Leisure
The nation's passion for sports is obvious every day—at NASCAR races, kiddie soccer matches, and countless other contests. From a handball used by Abraham Lincoln to Chris Evert's tennis racket to a baseball signed by Jackie Robinson, the roughly 6.000 objects in the Museum's sports collections bear witness to the vital place of sports in the nation's history. Paper sports objects in the collections, such as souvenir programs and baseball cards, number in the hundreds of thousands.
Leisure collections encompass a different range of objects, including camping vehicles and gear, video games, playing cards, sportswear, exercise equipment, and Currier and Ives prints of fishing, hunting, and horseracing. Some 4,000 toys dating from the colonial period to the present are a special strength of the collections.
"Sports & Leisure - Overview" showing 1 items.
- Baseball signed by the 1949 St. Louis Cardinals. That year the Cardinals finished 96-58, second in the National League.
- Autographs include Marty Marion; Enos Slaughter; Nippy Jones; Frank Lane; Red Munger; Stan Musial; Joe Garagiola; Fred Martin; Bill Reeder; Gerry Staley; Bill Baker; Ted Wilks; Red Schoendienst; Rocky Nelson; Chuck Diering; Max Lanier; Al Brazle; Del Rice; Ron Northey; Eddie Kazak; Howie Pollett.
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- St. Louis Cardinals
- Wilson Sporting Goods Company
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- National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center