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HOF launches new experience tailored to every club

'Starting Nine' even has Harry Caray's glasses
June 26, 2020

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum has reopened its doors in Cooperstown, N.Y., with enhanced health and safety procedures in place. And this summer, the Hall of Fame is offering visitors a new way to relive all their favorite team memories through the Starting Nine experience. Starting Nine:

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum has reopened its doors in Cooperstown, N.Y., with enhanced health and safety procedures in place. And this summer, the Hall of Fame is offering visitors a new way to relive all their favorite team memories through the Starting Nine experience.

Starting Nine: The Must-See Artifacts from your Favorite Team tailors the Museum visit to each individual fan. This team-themed experience highlights nine amazing pieces for each team among the vast collection of tens of thousands of treasured artifacts preserved in Cooperstown.

The Museum’s curators spent hours mining the collection for special objects that represent each Major League team, providing a new and extraordinary visitor experience.

Here's a brief look at some of the highlights for all 30 teams, as well as links to the full collection for each:

AL EAST

Blue Jays
Along with memorabilia from Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar and Roger Clemens, who won the American League Cy Young Award in both of his seasons with the Blue Jays, the must-see item has to be the bat used by Joe Carter to hit his 1993 World Series-clinching walk-off homer. More >

Orioles
Baltimore's collection includes memorabilia from a number of iconic moments, from the helmet worn by Cal Ripken Jr. on the night he broke Lou Gehrig's consecutive games played record to the bat used by left-hander Dave McNally for his historic grand slam in Game 3 of the 1970 World Series. More >

Rays
From the jersey worn by Wade Boggs when he clubbed a home run for his 3,000th career hit to the shoes worn by Carl Crawford when he swiped six bases on May 3, 2009, to a ball from Matt Garza's 2010 no-hitter, there is no shortage of artifacts from the Rays' limited franchise history. More >

Red Sox
The Red Sox collection seems to have something from every era, from the bat used by David Ortiz during the 2013 postseason when he was named World Series MVP to the bat used by Carlton Fisk for his iconic homer in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series to the ball used by Boston Americans right-hander Bill Dinneen to strike out Hall of Famer Honus Wagner for the final out of Boston's 1903 World Series victory. More >

Yankees
It's hard to top the starpower featured in the Yankees' collection, which includes memorabilia from Babe Ruth, Yogi Berra, Joe DiMaggio, Derek Jeter, Lou Gehrig and Mickey Mantle, among others. More >

AL CENTRAL

Indians
Cleveland's collection features a ball from Bob Feller's historic Opening Day no-hitter in 1940, one of the club's World Series championship rings from 1948 and the second base bag from Jay Bruce's walk-off double on Sept. 14, 2017, that secured the Indians' 22nd consecutive win. More >

Royals
Kansas City's memorabilia includes a 2015 World Series championship ring and Bo Jackson's cap from the 1989 All-Star Game, but the must-see item has to be George Brett's legendary pine tar bat from July 24, 1983. More >

Tigers
Baseball fans can check out the glove worn by Denny McLain when he reached the 30-win mark en route to winning the 1968 AL MVP and Cy Young Awards, as well as the Hamilton pocket watch received by Hank Greenberg for winning the AL MVP Award in 1935. More >

Twins
Along with the ring commemorating the Twins' 1987 World Series victory, this collection also includes the ball that Gene Larkin hit into left-center field for a walk-off Series-clinching hit in Game 7 of the '91 Fall Classic. More >

White Sox
The White Sox memorabilia includes quite the jersey collection, from Kid Gleason's star-spangled uniform in the 1917 World Series to Nellie Fox's jersey from his 1959 AL MVP season to one of Luis Aparicio's uniforms from his second stint with the club to the shorts worn by the White Sox for an August game in 1976 as part of a promotion. More >

AL WEST

Angels
From the cap Nolan Ryan wore when he tossed his second no-hitter in 1973 to one Mike Trout wore during his 2012 AL Rookie of the Year campaign, and plenty more in betweeen, Halos fans can take a trip down memory lane with this historic collection. More >

Astros
Houston's historic collection includes a 2017 World Series ring, a ball from Justin Verlander's no-hitter against the Blue Jays on Sept. 1, 2019, and the uniform worn by Nolan Ryan when he tossed his record-setting fifth career no-hitter on Sept. 26, 1981. More >

Athletics
Oakland's exhibit features Rollie Fingers' uniform from Game 5 of the 1974 World Series in which the A's clinched their third straight title, as well as the cleats worn by Rickey Henderson on Aug. 27, 1982, when he swiped his 119th base to break the Modern Era single-season record. More >

Mariners
The Mariners' collection features must-see memorabilia from Seattle legends Ken Griffey Jr., Edgar Martinez, Ichiro Suzuki and Félix Hernández, among others. More >

Rangers
The Rangers' exhibit includes the cap worn by Nolan Ryan when he tossed his seventh and final no-hitter, as well as memorabilia from club icons like Juan Gonzalez, Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez and Adrián Beltré, among others. More >

NL EAST

Braves
Along with memorabilia from each member of Atlanta's Hall of Fame pitching trio of Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz, this collection also features memorabilia from Bobby Cox and Chipper Jones -- but it's hard to top the uniform worn by Hank Aaron when he hit his 715th career homer to eclipse Babe Ruth's record. More >

Marlins
From the cleats worn by Craig Counsell when he touched home plate for the 1997 World Series-clinching run to the uniform worn by Ichiro Suzuki when he collected his 3,000th hit to the cap worn by Kevin Brown for his '97 no-hitter, the Marlins have no shortage of collectibles on display from their 27-season history. More >

Mets
The Mets' collection features a mix of old and new, from memorabilia celebrating their 1969 World Series run to the batting gloves worn by Pete Alonso when he slugged his rookie-record 53rd home run in 2019 -- and plenty more in between. More >

Nationals
This exhibit celebrates the full history of baseball in Washington, D.C., from the uniform worn by Hall of Famer Walter Johnson during his time with the Washington Senators to the cap worn by Max Scherzer during his 20-strikeout game in 2016 to a couple of collectibles from the club's 2019 World Series victory. More >

Phillies
Among other collectibles in the Phillies' exhibit are a ball from Roy Halladay's perfect game on May 29, 2010, and the cap worn by Brad Lidge when he recorded the final out of the 2008 World Series. More >

NL CENTRAL

Brewers
The Brewers' collection features memorabilia from Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Warren Spahn, Paul Molitor and Robin Yount, as well as current superstar Christian Yelich, among others. More >

Cardinals
From pairs of cleats worn by Albert Pujols and Ozzie Smith to a bat used by Stan Musial to a ball thrown by Bob Gibson to the uniform worn by David Freese when he hit his walk-off homer in Game 6 of the 2011 World Series, this collection seemingly has it all. More >

Cubs
This is one of the more unique collections among the 30 big league teams, with items like Harry Caray's eyeglasses and the watch fob and medal the Cubs received for winning the 1907 World Series. More >

Pirates
Pittsburgh's collection features memorabilia from a number of franchise legends, including Roberto Clemente, Willi Stargell, Bill Mazeroski and Andrew McCutchen, among others. More >

Reds
Not surprisingly, the Reds' exhibit features collectibles from the Big Red Machine, as well as plenty of memorabilia from before and after those stretches. More >

NL WEST

D-backs
Along with the ring commemorating the D-backs' 2001 World Series title, this collection includes memorabilia from the likes of Randy Johnson, Curt Schilling, Paul Goldschmidt and J.D. Martinez, among others. More >

Dodgers
This exhibit spans much of the Dodgers' storied history, featuring memorabilia from Jackie Robinson, Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, Clayton Kershaw and Cody Bellinger, among others. More >

Giants
There have been no shortage of iconic moments in Giants history, and this collection does its best to capture all of them, from the glove used by Willie Mays for "The Catch" to the bat used by Bobby Thomson for “The Shot Heard 'Round the World” to the helmet worn by Barry Bonds when he hit his 756th career homer -- and so many others. More >

Padres
Not surprisingly, the Padres' collection includes memorabilia from Tony Gwynn, Rickey Henderson and Trevor Hoffman, but it also features the San Diego uniform worn by Greg Maddux when he recorded his 350th career victory. More >

Rockies
The highlights of Colorado's collection include the bat used by Todd Helton for his 369th and final career home run, as well as the cap worn by Ubaldo Jiménez when he tossed the franchise's first no-hitter in 2010. More >