Media Advisory - Smithsonian Adds Major League Baseball Artifacts to National Sports Collection

Bats, Jerseys, Gloves From Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Ted Williams, Stan Musial and More
August 10, 2017


WHAT:     National Museum of American History will add more than a dozen significant artifacts
                  from the careers of Marjor League Baseball players, including Willie Mays, Hank Aaron,
                  Ted Williams, Stan Musial, Yogi Berra, Brooks Robinson and Ozzie Smith to the national
                  sports collection during a special donation ceremony.

WHEN:    Wednesday, Aug. 16
                  11 a.m.
                  Note: Media must RSVP by emailing

WHERE:  Smithsonian's National Museum of American History
                  Presidential Reception Suite, first floor
                  Constitution Avenue entrance, between 12th and 14th streets N.W.

WHO:     John Gray, director, National Museum of American History
                Thomas Tull, donor, founder, chairman and CEO of Tulco and founding chairman 
                and former CEO, Legendary Entertainment
                Eric Jentsch, curator, National Museum of American History

In a special ceremony, the National Museum of American History will accept 14 artifacts used by baseball legends who played for six different major league teams from the private collection of Thomas Tull. One of the significant objects is the baseball signed by the 1927 New York Yankees team, including Babe Ruth, which won the World Series that year. Also from the New York Yankees is a bat and glove used by Yogi Berra in the ’50s. The Boston Red Sox are represented through a Ted Williams hat and jersey; the San Francisco Giants with a hat, glove and shoes worn by Willie Mays; the Baltimore Orioles with a glove used by Brooks Robinson; a glove and bat used by Hank Aaron in the ’50s and ’60s for the Milwaukee Braves; and the St. Louis Cardinals are represented through a jersey and glove worn by Ozzie Smith and a jersey worn by Stan Musial in the ’50s.

These items from America’s favorite pastime will join the museum’s sports collection that includes autographed baseballs, a ticket booth from the original Yankee Stadium, uniforms and equipment, including Roberto Clemente’s batting helmet and jersey, and other historically important artifacts representing all aspects of the sport.

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