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9 Baseball Museums for Fans of America’s National Pastime

Map of Baseball Museums

9 Baseball Museums for Fans of America’s National Pastime

On Sunday, July 30, the Class of 2017 will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Three former players will take their place among the greats who have played the game before them. While Cooperstown is one of the most well-known baseball museums in the world, it is not the only one dedicated to America’s pastime.  In no particular order, here are 9 other museums for the baseball fan.

1. Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, Louisville, KY: The Louisville Slugger factory has been providing baseball players with its wooden bats since 1884. The museum highlights the role Louisville Slugger plays in baseball’s past, present and future.

2. Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Kansas City, MO: This museum is dedicated to preserving the history of African-Americans in baseball. Visitors can view exhibits on the founding of the Negro Leagues, integration with Major League Baseball, baseball in Latin America, and current African-American players.

3. Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum and Library, Greenville, SC: Located in Joe Jackson’s former home, this museum displays records, artifacts, photos and other memorabilia associated with one of the few baseball players to receive a lifetime banishment from the game of baseball.

4. Field of Dreams Movie Site, Dyersville, IA: Fans of the classic baseball movie Field of Dreams have been flocking to this site ever since the movie’s release. Visitors can tour the family farm that served as the Kinsellas’ home in the movie and step foot on the same field where Ray Kinsella played catch with Shoeless Joe Jackson.

5. The Ted Williams Museum and Hitters Hall of Fame, St. Petersburg, FL: Located in Tropicana Field, the home of the Tampa Bay Rays, this museum includes artifacts and exhibits on one of the greatest hitters in the game. While Ted Williams is the centerpiece of the museum, other hitters on display include Willie Mays, Joe DiMaggio and David Ortiz.

6. The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Collection at the History Museum, South Bend, IN: The History Museum hosts a permanent exhibit dedicated to the women who played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. The collection includes photographs, programs, film footage and playing equipment used by the teams.

7. World of Little League Museum, South Williamsport, PA: This museum tells the story of Little League’s past and shows how Little League baseball has been intertwined in U.S. history. The museum also includes an exhibit on Little League baseball programs across the world.

8. B’s Ball Park Museum, Denver, CO: While not as well-known as many of the other museums on this list, the Ball Park Museum hosts a collection of artifacts from some of the greatest ballparks of the past and present.

9. Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Ontario, Canada: Dedicated to preserving Canada’s baseball heritage which dates back to 1864, the Hall of Fame includes more than 100 inductees who have left a mark on Canadian baseball, and the museum includes information on current Canadian-born major league players.

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Baseball Season Is Underway!

Spring has sprung! All the tell-tale signs are here: the temperatures are rising, the flowers are starting to bloom…and the familiar sound of a bat meeting a cork-centered ball can be heard throughout the country. Yes, baseball season has begun!

Baseball Research Topic page

Baseball Research Topic via ProQuest Library

If you love the sport of baseball, or if you’d just like to learn more about it, eLibrary is the place to go. A Research Topic page (retrievable via basic eLibrary searches) for all 30 Major League teams, a retrospective on the Negro Leagues, as well as Research Topic pages for many of your favorite players, past and present, are available.

Baseball was invented way back in 1839, and the sport is still going strong today.

Wrigley Field, April 2005

Wrigley Field, April 2005
Public domain via Wikimedia Commons

For even more information on the national pastime, here is just a sampling of more related Research Topics:

Babe Ruth

Hank Aaron

Los Angeles Dodgers

Mike Trout

New York Yankees

World Series

Discoverer In the News: Doping in Baseball

Fans Watching Baseball Game <br \> by U.S. Navy, via ProQuest SIRS Government Reporter [Public Domain]

Fans Watching Baseball Game
by U.S. Navy, via ProQuest SIRS Government Reporter [Public Domain]

Lots of people are baseball fans in the United States. Many even consider it to be the national pastime! Families attend games, buy some peanuts or popcorn,  and cheer for their favorite team while “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” rings throughout the stadium. Kids across the nation play baseball or softball in their hometowns–perhaps trying to throw a ball like their favorite shortstop, pitch like their favorite pitcher, or swing a bat like their favorite home-run hitter.

What happens when we find out that some players in the nation’s favorite sport are taking drugs to play better? Taking performance-enhancing drugs is illegal in baseball because it gives an unfair advantage to those who take them. But there are players who ignore the rules and decide to use steroids or other drugs to enhance their game. This is not a new issue–players have been taking drugs in baseball since its earliest days and into the 21st century. But recently, doping in sports has been in the news a lot. On August 5, Major League Baseball suspended 12 players for using illegal substances. Learn more about this topic and the players involved in SIRS Discoverer In the News. Quiz yourself and consider the meaning of a political cartoon illustrating this issue.