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 1943 St. Louis Cardinals. That season the Cardinals finished 105-49, 1st in the National League, losing to the New York Yankees in the World Series 4 games to 1.
- Autographs include Stan Musial; Lou Klein; Whitey Kurowski; Harry Walker; Walker Cooper; Ray Sanders; Danny Litwhiler; Marty Marion; Mort Cooper; Debs Garms; Johnny Hopp; Max Lanier; Al Brazle; Ken O’Dea; Frank Demaree; Sam Narron; Ernie White.
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- Musial, Stan
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- National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center