Some of the best White Sox memorabilia from the Baseball Hall of Fame
Last week, I took a vacation with my wife to Philadelphia. Of course I used that as an excuse to make a stop in Cooperstown on the way back home.
While the selection of Cooperstown as the site of the National Baseball Hall of Fame is based on a story with more holes than a poorly maintained infield, it is a wonderful little town. I can’t recommend it enough.
The museum boasts items from every era; from every corner of the game’s history. You’ll find everything from a nineteenth century uniform belonging to a Baraboo, Wisconsin team to a Rockford Peaches uniform worn by Geena Davis in “A League of Their Own” to Lou Gehrig’s license plate.
But today, I’ll focus on how the White Sox are represented in Cooperstown. Here’s a Southside sampling:
Luke Appling’s Glove
Most games in White Sox history (2,422), beginning in 1930. Won two batting titles, including a blistering .388 in 1936. Played over 140 games at shortstop in 1949 – at age 42. This is his leather.
Moe Berg’s Passport
He attended Princeton and it is said that he spoke 12 languages (probably not… but maybe he did). He worked for the OSS (later known as the CIA) and according to legend he was a spy. His Major League career as an infielder/catcher (including 1926-30 with the White Sox) was maybe the LEAST interesting thing about him.
Steve Dahl’s Army Helmet
From Disco Demolition, of course. July 12, 1979. On this day more records were broken than on any other day in White Sox history. And next to the helmet… a jersey from 1976 including the infamous shorts!!
Pinwheel from Old Comiskey Park
Nothing more needs to be said. I miss that old ballyard.
Locker full of Sox history
The glove Dewayne Wise used to make The Catch!
The cap worn by Philip Humber when he tossed his perfect game!
Paul Konerko’s 400th home run jersey!
A ball from the Blackout Game!
Jermaine Dye’s 2005 World Series Jersey
Game 4. 8th inning. RBI single. 1-0 win for the sweep. 2005 World Series MVP.
Jim Thome Display
Each of the new inductees get a display with various career memorabilia. The White Sox connection here? Thome’s 500th career home run ball. You can hear Hawk yell “You’re awesome, big man!”
Where’s Minnie Miñoso though??? Can’t wait to visit again once he’s finally elected.
Of course, that’s not all. There was a great display of items from the late 1910’s but the picture didn’t turn out. There were several other things that I didn’t even get a chance to see (no matter how long you stay, you’re going to miss something… there’s just so much!). My best advice would be to take a trip out to central New York and see it for yourself. And set aside a little time to check out the baseball-themed shops down Main Street as well.