Washington Nationals Cloth Face Mask signed by Dr. Anthony Fauci


Facemask with the logo of the Washington Nationals baseball team, autographed by Dr. Anthony Fauci, 2020

Infectious disease superstar Dr. Anthony Fauci threw the first pitch of major league baseball's COVID-disrupted 2020 season.

As a deadly pandemic ravaged the nation, major sports leagues found themselves at the center of a debate over "reopening" the country. Amidst a cacophony of misinformation and denial, the advice from Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading epidemiologist, rang true: make the decision about resuming play "based on scientific evidence and public health judgment." When baseball became the first league to retake the field, Fauci threw the ceremonial opening pitch—wearing a facemask in a stadium empty of fans.

Referenced: Washington Nationals

Used: United States: District of Columbia

Subject: Baseball


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Exhibition: Entertainment Nation

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Credit Line: Gift of The Washington Nationals and The Lerner Family

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2021.0020.03Catalog Number: 2021.0020.03Accession Number: 2021.0020

Object Name: mask, cloth

Physical Description: fabric (overall material)Measurements: overall (on cardboard): 4 1/2 in x 5 3/8 in x 3/4 in; 11.43 cm x 13.6525 cm x 1.905 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng4bec15e19-97b2-5071-e053-15f76fa0308e

Record Id: nmah_2002410

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