The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is adding more than a dozen significant artifacts from the careers of Major League Baseball players, including Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Ted Williams, Stan Musial, Yogi Berra, Brooks Robinson and Ozzie Smith to the national sports collection.
Baseball jerseys, gloves, bats and other objects used by baseball legends representing six of the major league teams they played with are a gift from the private collection of Thomas Tull, a private collector; the founder, chairman and CEO of Tulco; and the founding chairman and former CEO of Legendary Entertainment.
One of the significant objects in the collection is a baseball signed by the 1927 New York Yankees team, including Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, which won the World Series that year. Also from the New York Yankees are a bat and glove used by Berra in the 1950s.
The Boston Red Sox are represented by a hat and jersey used by Williams; the San Francisco Giants with a hat, glove and shoes worn by Mays; the Baltimore Orioles with a glove used by Robinson; the Milwaukee Braves contribute a glove and bat used by Aaron; and the St. Louis Cardinals are represented by a jersey and glove worn by Smith as well as Musial’s jersey.
The items will join the museum’s sports collection, which includes autographed baseballs, a ticket booth from the original Yankee Stadium, uniforms and equipment, including Roberto Clemente’s batting helmet and jersey, and other historically important artifacts representing all aspects of baseball.