His name may not be familiar to young card collectors but Jefferson Burdick hasn’t been forgotten. The man who’s regarded as the father of baseball card collecting lives on at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which hosted an Evening of Baseball History and Music over the weekend. The event featured a panel discussion with sportswriters and baseball insiders on topics ranging from the racial integration of the major leagues to the history and evolution of baseball card collecting.
The 60 baseball cards on view in Breaking the Color Barrier in Major League Baseball are drawn from The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s renowned Jefferson R. Burdick Collection, the most comprehensive collection of baseball cards outside of the Baseball Hall of Fame. It is on view in Museum’s Henry R. Luce Center for the Study of American Art through June 17.
One of the panelists was Sean Kirst, a writer for the Syracuse Post-Standard. That was Burdick’s home town and in his column this week, Kirst suggested the city do a little more to honor some of its native citizens, including the man who did so much for a hobby that’s popular throughout North America and beyond.