Baseball covered in white adhesive tape with a nail inserted through the center. The ball is marked "FOR THE SMITHSONNIAN [sic] MUSEUM - 6 - 4 - 93." Accessioned with a baseball diamond diagram with names of baseball players and marked "HAVANA CUBA, 1946 to 1956."
Official National League Baseball. It is imprinted with the signature of Ford Frick (1894-1974) who served as President of the National League from 1934-1954. Frick later served as Commissioner of Major League Baseball from 1951-1965.
Baseball signed by baseball broadcaster Red Barber (1908-1992). At the time, Barber was the play-by-play announcer for the Brooklyn Dodgers, for whom he worked from 1934 to 1953. Barber also served in as announcer for the Cincinnati Reds (1934-1938) and New York Yankees (1954-1966.)
The ball is inscribed " For my Friend Ronald Gabriel, good luck, Red Barber /1/13/53."
Baseball, with Jackie Robinson Commemorative Stamp
cork (overall material)
yarn (overall material)
leather (overall material)
overall: 3 in; 7.62 cm
Autographed baseball affixed with a Jackie Robinson commemorative stamp and 1984 postmark from Cooperstown, New York. The ball has been signed by a number of former Major League Ballplayers, including Carl Erskine; George Kell; Erne Banks; Joe Sewell; Pee Wee Reese; Lefty Gomez.
This 1990s era baseball, "Franklin Pitch Ball Trainer," was signed by Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller (1918-2010). Feller played for the Cleveland Indians from 1936-1956. An eight-time All-Star, Feller compiled a lifetime record of 266 wins versus 162 losses.
Autographed baseball from WDIA radio station in Memphis, Tennessee. WDIA began broadcasting in 1947 and is still on the airwaves. In 1954, the station increased to 50,000 watts and is known as the station with "50,000 watts of Goodwill," as a result of its community involvement.
Autographs include Buck Leonard; Monte Irvin; Bob Feller; Luke Appling; Enos Slaughter; Max Patkin; Carl Erskine; Ted Turner.
Stan Musial (b. 1920) played for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1941-1963. In that time he was a three time most valuable player, and finished his career with 3,630 hits. The 24 time All-Star outfielder known as "The Man" won three World Series Championships with the Cardinals to go along with seven batting titles and a career .331batting average. In 2011 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.
Stan Musial (b. 1920) played for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1941-1963. In that time he was a three time most valuable player, and finished his career with 3, 630 hits. The 24 time All-Star outfielder known as "The Man" won three World Series Championships with the Cardinals to go along with seven batting titles and a career .331 batting average. In 2011 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.
Baseball, signed by various Negro League stars. These players played the majority of their careers between 1935-1950.
Autographs include Jimmie Crutchfield; Monte Irvin; Buck Leonard; Quincy Troppe; Chico Renfroe; Buck O'Neil; Connie Johnson; Chet Brewer; Pat Patterson; Satchel Paige; Joe Black; Minne Minoso; Judy Johnson; Andy Porter; Sammy T. Hughes; Hilton Smith; Newton Allen.
Baseball signed by Buck O'Neil (1911-2006). Born John Jordan O'Neil, Buck was a star first baseman and manager for the Negro American League's Kansas City Monarchs (1937-1955). He later served as a scout for Major League Baseball.
The New York Yankees' legendary "Sultan of Swat" signed this baseball for a fan during a visit to Scranton, Pennsylvania.
A neglected and delinquent child, George Herman Ruth, Jr. (1895-1948), best known as Babe Ruth, discovered his love for baseball while living at St. Mary's Industrial School for Boys in Baltimore. He began his major-league career as a star pitcher, but was reassigned to the outfield due to his powerful swing. With his record-setting home runs—60 in one season, 714 career total—and larger-than-life personality, Ruth thrilled fans and redefined the character of America's national pastime.
Currently not on view
National Treasures exhibit
Kendrick, Kathleen M. and Peter C. Liebhold. Smithsonian Treasures of American History
Treasures of American History online exhibition
National Museum of American History
Juliana C. Jones and Robert M. Jones in memory of Thomas J. Jones
Baseball used by pitcher Sam Streeter (1900-1985). The left-handed Streeter was a star in the Negro Leagues, playing for the Chicago American Giants, the Birmingham Black Barons, the Homestead Grays and the Pittsburgh Crawfords. Streeter was the National League's starting pitcher in the first Negro League All-Star Game in 1933. He finished his career with 117 wins, ranking him 12th in all-time victories in Negro League play.