The 1957 Milwaukee Braves and 1982 Brewers are the focal point of a new exhibit that includes some game-used items (updated with new story & pictures).
If it’s true a Milwaukee baseball team makes the World Series every 25 years, 2007 could be a great season for the Brewers.
In ’57, the Braves beat the Yankees to win it all. 25 years later, the Brewers had the Cardinals in the palm of their hand only to see a Rollie Fingers-less bullpen let them down. Nonetheless, Harvey’s Wallbangers and the great Braves teams of the ’50s are honored in a new exhibit at the Wisconsin Historical Museum.
On display are game-worn items like a 1976 Hank Aaron batting helmet donated by MEARS’ Troy Kinunen, who served as Consulting Curator, a 1950s Hank Aaron jersey donated by author and collector Stephen Wong, one of Aaron’s later All Star game jerseys and other items relating to both franchises.
Baseball memorabilia appears to be gaining in respect in the nation’s museums. Marshall Fogel, who is regarded as one of the world’s top baseball collectors, has a number of items on display at the Denver Art Museum.