The Smithsonian Institution is fascinated with baseball. It’s quite understandable. Many of us are as well. Baseball is, after all, the National Pastime. The Smithsonian Magazine has covered the subject of baseball extensively. The museums themselves have had several baseball exhibits, including a traveling and online exhibit on Roberto Clemente.
The other day I went to the National Portrait Gallery. I wasn’t expecting to see anything baseball-related, but I was pleasantly surprised. On the third floor mezzanine, the museum has an exhibit on sports champions. It has photographs, paintings, and sculptures of not only baseball greats but other famous athletes as well. My favorite, of course, was the Yogi Berra sculpture. Yogi always makes me smile.
The exhibit was sorely lacking in one thing – anything Cal Ripken-related. They are going to have to do something about that!