It seems like there is always an interesting baseball exhibit at some non-baseball museum or library. Unfortunately, I often miss them. This year, however, I vow to at least get to the ones in Washington, DC. Here are the ones I’ve found so far:
- The National Museum of the U.S. Navy has an exhibit entitled “Playball: Navy and the National Pastime.” The museum is in Building 76 and the Navy Yard in Washington, DC. It is open through April 30, 2019.
- “In the Dugout with Jackie Robinson” opens at the Museum of the City of New York on January 31, 2019.
- “Mexican American Baseball 1940s & 1950s in the Valley” is currently on display at the Museum of the San Fernando Valley in Northridge, CA.
- Open now through February 24, “The Many Faces of Baseball,” at the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, CT, showcases baseball souvenirs of Fay Vincent, former Commissioner of Baseball. This is not the first baseball exhibit the Mattatuck has had, in 2017 they had an exhibit titled, “Yankees or Red Sox: America’s Greatest Rivalry.”
- At General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum in Hobart, OK, you can see “Mickey Mantle: Baseball Hero in Black and White,” from May 28 through August 2.
- The “Baseball Americana” exhibit at the Library of Congress in the Nation’s Capital Washington, DC, continues through June 2019. (It’s been on display for quite some time, and I still have yet to see it.)
- The Peekskill Museum in Peekskill, NY, has an exhibit on the history of baseball in Peekskill (it is unclear if this is a permanent exhibit).
Also on display this year are a few baseball-related exhibits. Through March 10 you can see the exhibit “A Whole Different Ball Game: Playing Through 60 Years of Sports Video Games,” at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, NY. Currently, the Hershey Story Museum in Hershey, PA, has an exhibit on Hershey operations in Cuba, which includes photos and artifacts from the Hershey Sport Club baseball team and the baseball diamond built for company employees in Cuba.
In addition, two baseball-related museums are set to open this year: the Jackie Robinson Museum is scheduled to open in December in New York, and the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum also expects to open in Milwaukee, WI, this year.
And you may as well mark your calendars now for “Latinos and Baseball: In the Barrios and the Big Leagues,” which will open at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, DC, in 2020.