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Baseball fan statues

When the video was about to start, we filed down the hallway into the theater, walking by a group of statues depicting fans of different teams through the ages. I don't know who modeled for the Red Sox fan!

Fans through the ages

The theater the movie is shown in is set up like a stadium, with even the walls painted to depict the lower and upper deck of a stadium. The video was great, showing video and audio clips of the game and its players throughout history. As we left the theater, we entered the museum's section on General Baseball History. The picture below shows the original Hall of Fame inductees. They are Honus Wagner, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Tris Speaker, Napoleon Lajoie, George Sisler, Walter Johnson, Eddie Collins, Babe Ruth, Connie Mack, and Cy Young - and one really big fan!

The original Hall of Famers

1912 World Champions The baseball history section was really interesting. Displays are set up for different years, with one team the focus of each featured year. For 1912, it was the Red Sox, as they won the World Series in their first year at Fenway Park, then went on to win again in 1915, 1916, and 1918. This case displays memorabilia from Tris Speaker, Harry Hooper, and "Smoky Joe" Wood, as well as bats, balls, and pictures from that year.

It was interesting to see the 1919 display on the "Black Sox" scandal. "Shoeless Joe" Jackson and the seven others implicated in the scandal were banned from baseball and are barred from entering the Hall of Fame. But they did have a pair of Shoeless Joe's shoes!

Another interesting item in the history section was the uniform (number 1/8) worn by midget Eddie Gaedel in his one major league plate appearance. They thought of everything!

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