The must watch showdown between Angels’ teammates Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout in the final at-bat of the World Baseball Classic ended with the Japanese two-way superstar getting the best of the U.S. outfielder.
Now, the cap perched on Ohtani’s head during as Japan clinched another WBC title is off to the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
The Hall announced Wednesday that it had acquired Ohtani’s cap and several other items from the WBC including those used by Trea Turner, who belted five homers and drove in 11 runs during the tournament.
A fan and collector snared one of those home run balls hit by Turner, who signed with the Phillies as a free agent over the winter.
I know this isn’t card related, but i caught @treavturner’s grand slam ball against Venezuela during the WBC quarterfinal.
A moment that will live with me forever@CardPurchaser pic.twitter.com/51Tv9bSeOg
— Nico (@PobiCards) March 19, 2023
Artifacts that are headed for display in Cooperstown also include:
- Bat used by Masataka Yoshida during the WBC
- Batting gloves worn by Munetaka Murakami during the championship game and batting helmet worn by Murakami throughout the WBC
- Jersey worn by winning pitcher Shota Imanaga in the championship game
- Pullover worn by manager Hideki Kuriyama in the championship game
- Cap worn by pitcher Adam Wainwright throughout the WBC
- Spikes worn by Trea Turner during the WBC
- Batting glove worn by Trea Turner during the semifinals vs. Team Cuba