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.
- Autographed baseball signed by the members of the 1975 Chicago Cubs. That season the Cubs finished 75-97, 5th in the National League.
- Autographs include Don Kessinger; Oscar Zampora; Manny Trillo; Rob Sperring; Bill Bonham; George Mitterwald; Vic Harris; Steve Stone; Jim Marshall; Rick Reuschel; Jim Tyrone; Ken Frailing.
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- Chicago Cubs
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- National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center