Thousands of baseball fans are heading to Cooperstown to celebrate this weekend’s historic Class of 2010 Induction Ceremony.
But while they’re at the home of baseball, visitors will also experience the thrill of seeing the most recent history recorded on the diamond.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum has already collected dozens of artifacts from the history-making 2010 Major League Baseball season, and many will be on display this weekend as the baseball world pauses to honor the induction of Andre Dawson, Doug Harvey and Whitey Herzog into the Hall of Fame.
Recently added to the Museum’s Today’s Game exhibit, which celebrates the game’s newest heroes and freshest moments are:
* Stephen Strasburg’s Nationals game-worn cap and the first ball he used to record an out during his June 8 14-strikeout debut against the Pirates
*Roy Halladay’s game-worn cap and a game ball from his May 29 perfect game for the Phillies
*Eri Yoshida’s jersey and bat from her May 29 debut with the Chico Outlaws of the Golden Baseball League, a game in which she recorded the first RBI by a woman in a men’s pro game in more than half a century
*Armando Galarraga’s shoes and the first-base bag used in his June 2 game for the Tigers against the Indians at Detroit’s Comerica Park when Galarraga fell one out short of a perfect game
Other items on display at the Hall of Fame from the amazing 2010 season include:The ball hit by Boston’s Marco Scutaro for the first regular-season hit at Target Field on April 12
*A game-worn cap and game ball from the Rockies’ Ubaldo Jimenez, used during his April 17 no-hitter
*Spikes worn by the A’s Dallas Braden during his May 9 perfect game
Hall of Fame weekend is highlighted by the inductions of Andre Dawson, Doug Harvey and Whitey Herzog as the Class of 2010 at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 25. Admission to the Induction Ceremony is free.