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 1953 Cleveland Indians. That season, the Indians finished 92-62, 2nd in the American League.
- Autographs include Al Lopez; Al Rosen; Bill Glynn; Bobby Avila; George Strickland; Wally Westlake; Larry Doby; Dale Mitchell; Jim Hegan; Harry Simpson; Luke Easter; Bob Kennedy; Ray Boone; Bob Lemon; Mike Garcia; Early Wynn; Bob Feller; Dave Hoskins; Art Houtteman; Bob Hooper.
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- Cleveland Indians
- MacGregor GoldSmith Inc.
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- National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center