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.
- Description (Brief)
- A baseball score counter in the shape of a catcher's mitt. It is made of two pieces of celluloid held together by brads. Sandwiched between the celluloid pieces are counter wheels, which show through windows, to keep track of runs, hits, and innings. Advertising copy on one side reads, "Mac's Best // Flint's Leading 5 cent Cigar // Geo. E. McKinley, Maker."
- George McKinley was a cigar factory owner in Flint, Mich., who was also active in public life. He served as the mayor of Flint in 1906 and 1907.
- Currently not on view
- McKinley, George E.
- Meek Company
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- Data Source
- National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center