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In 1834 Robin Carver’s The Book of Sports was the first publication to feature a baseball illustration that shows the game as uniquely American. The illustration is titled “Playing Ball,” and it shows a group of boys playing ball on a baseball diamond at the Boston Common.

In 1834 Robin Carver’s <i>The Book of Sports</i> was the first publication to feature a baseball illustration that shows the game as uniquely...

Why is baseball universally considered our National Pastime? Some say the game, at its apex, often achieves something lofty. However expressed, we all can agree that baseball, with its deep American roots, touches us all.

 

 

When a baseball player uses the main tool of his trade, the baseball bat, he is gripping the most important single weapon in his arsenal. Each is customized to a certain weight, length, and feel. This exhibit features the bats used by some of baseball’s greats during their professional career.