2014-04-03 / Community

Priceless artifacts from America’s pastime

Reagan Library’s new baseball exhibit opens tomorrow


THE BAMBINO’S BAT—Babe Ruth’s baseball bat will be on display in “Baseball! The Exhibition”at the Reagan Library. The 12,000-square-foot exhibit will be the presidential museum in Simi Valley through Sept. 4. 
Courtesy of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation THE BAMBINO’S BAT—Babe Ruth’s baseball bat will be on display in “Baseball! The Exhibition”at the Reagan Library. The 12,000-square-foot exhibit will be the presidential museum in Simi Valley through Sept. 4. Courtesy of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Just in time for the opening week of Major League Baseball, “Baseball! The Exhibition” opens Fri., April 4 and runs through Sept. 4 at the Reagan Library, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley.

The 12,000-square-foot exhibit features more than 700 artifacts, including some of the rarest baseball memorabilia from the largest known private collector in the U.S.

Also on display will be artifacts related to Ronald Reagan and baseball from his days calling Chicago Cubs games, and signed balls and jerseys he received while president.

Items on display include:

The first balls, bats, gloves and uniforms ever used.

An exhibit dedicated to Babe Ruth, which will display his traveling trunk, his 1939 uniform while coaching the Brooklyn Dodgers, his baseball bat and his fur coat.

A Honus Wagner trading card, deemed the rarest and most valuable of all baseball cards.

Jerseys and uniforms worn by Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays, Ted Williams, Hank Aaron, Don Sutton, Orel Hershiser, Barry Bonds, David Ortiz, Fernando Valenzuela, Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale.

A baseball hit by Barry Bonds (the home run ball that tied Hank Aaron’s record) and a Hank Aaron-signed ball.

Baseballs from Joe DiMaggio, including his record-setting ball that drove his 56-game hitting streak as well as the ball that ended the streak.

Baseball signed by Pete Rose that broke Ty Cobb’s all-time hitting record.

A special section on the history of the Brooklyn Dodgers and their legacy in Los Angeles.

Baseball stadium items and folk art as well as a collection of rare baseball cards and photographs of baseball athletes.

Public hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For admission fees, advanced tickets or more information, call (800) 410-8354 or go to www.reaganlibrary.com.

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