Last month, we brought you some information on B’s Baseball Museum, now operating a stone’s throw from Coors Field in Denver.
The collection of local resident Bruce Hellerstein is among the best around. His collection has a ballpark focus, but he has a huge variety of items. Hellerstein’s original goal of B’s Ballpark Museum was to concentrate on ballpark memorabilia. Bruce has meticulously acquired artifacts, bricks, postcards, jerseys, books, pictures and more.
The collection grew to house seats from all the classic ballparks. The Museum prides itself on one-of-a-kind treasures, including those from all of the major league teams, as well as Colorado baseball from the Denver Bears/Bears Stadium and Colorado Rockies/Coors Field.
Among the items he has inside the facility:
• The light fixtures from the marble rotunda entrance to Ebbets Field, the home of the Brooklyn Dodgers
• The arched window, cornerstone and turnstile from Forbes Field, the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
• The “NY” drainage cover that Mickey Mantle tripped over in the 1951 World Series that permanently injured his leg.
• An Old Yankee Stadium turnstile, that has etched on its side “Property of the New York Yankees”.
• Figural stanchion aisle seats from the Polo Grounds, home of the New York Giants and Mets; Tiger Stadium, home of Detroit Tigers; and Crosley Field, home of the Cincinnati Reds.
• An autographed baseball signed by Babe Ruth (sweet spot) and Lou Gehrig, attributable to the 1932 World Series when The Babe hit his “called shot”.
• An Ernie Banks flag from the left field foul pole at Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs.
• A piece of Babe Ruth’s bat and his home flannel Yankee jersey.
• The personal telephone of Tom Yawkey, owner of the Boston Red Sox.
• The only piece of the light tower fencing where Reggie Jackson hit his titanic homer during the 1971 All-Star game at Detroit’s Tiger Stadium.
• An exterior “Gate B” sign from Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox.
Hellerstein gave a tour to 9News in Denver: