The Baseball Hall of Fame asked and players delivered on promises of 2007 World Series memorabilia.
Jerseys, spikes, caps and bats from winning and losing teams in this year's World Series have already made their way to Cooperstown.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame was represented throughout the Series and carried a number of items back from Denver after Sunday night's fourth and final game.
The Hall's museum has secured a number of items from the 2007 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and Colorado Rockies that will soon be displayed in Cooperstown until the conclusion of the 2008 baseball season.
Following the Red Sox four-game Series sweep of the Rockies for their second world championship in four years, nearly a dozen artifacts documenting the 103rd Fall Classic were donated to the Museum for incorporation into the Autumn Glory: A Postseason Celebration exhibit on the third floor. The items will go on display in approximately one week.
Among the artifacts collected by the Cooperstown shrine from the victorious Red Sox include: the cap worn by Series Most Valuable Player Mike Lowell (he batted .400 in the four games); the glove worn by closing pitcher Jonathan Papelbon; the cap worn by Game Four winner Jon Lester; the spikes worn by Game Three winner Daisuke Matsuzaka (first Japanese-born pitcher to start a World Series game); the bat used by Dustin Pedroia to hit a leadoff home run in Game One; rookie Jacoby Ellsbury's bat from Game Three (when he hit two doubles in one inning); the road jersey worn by team captain Jason Varitek; and the warm-up jersey worn by manager Terry Francona.
Items received from the Colorado Rockies include veteran Todd Helton's road jersey from Game One (Helton was playing in the first World Series of his All-Star career) and slugger Matt Holliday's bat he used in the final two games of the Series. This was the first World Series ever played in Colorado, and dirt from Coors Field was also secured for the Museum's collection, as well as a baseball from the humidor at the ballpark.