Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Yours truly was invited to a preview of "Baseball: America’s Presidents, America’s Pastime" hosted by the George W. Bush Presidential Center

Glass Half Empty / Afternoon Cloud: Nothing to write here really. Since it officially opens to the public on Saturday there were a few empty display cases and some exhibits without written explanations of what they were and the 2 video displays weren't up and running yet. But those were minor things. The exhibit is well put together with memorabilia and information spanning the history of baseball and our Executive Branch.

Glass Half Full / Silver Lining: The exhibit demonstrates that sports and specifically baseball transcend many things including party and politics. Democrat or Republican, it doesn't matter, the president in office may change but baseball has been and continues to be our pastime. And the exhibit reflects that with quotes referencing baseball from Republican and Democratic presidents side by side in testament to the fact that baseball has no party.

And if it's not clear, yeah, you should check it out!

Thoughts / Observations / Sidenotes: Info regarding the exhibit can be found here.

I consider myself a student of history, especially American history during the Revolutionary War. But I did not know that George Washington's Patriot soldiers played an early version of what would evolve into baseball at Valley Forge.

Here are some photos I took at the preview (and I somehow didn't take pictures of the baseballs signed by Sandy Kofaux, who rarely signed autographs, or a baseball signed by Bob Feller), and please excuse the quality of the photos, they were taken with an iPhone 3GS:

Joe DiMaggio signed baseball:

Stan Musial signed glove:

Tommy Lasorda signed hat:


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