Baseball Exhibits Opening At Albany Institute

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image034Opening day comes early to the Capital Region as the Albany Institute of History & Art presents Triple Play! Baseball at the Albany Institute, three exhibitions celebrating the history of baseball.

The exhibits include nationally and regionally significant materials, such as photographs, signed bats and balls, stadium seats, trophies, pennants, jerseys, and more. In addition, there is a roster of related events with guest speakers, family activity days, creative contests, and free admission opportunities.

The centerpiece of the three exhibits is Baseball: America’s Game, a traveling exhibition from Bank of America’s baseball collection. The multimedia exhibition features more than ninety historic photographs, illustrations, baseball artifacts, and audio/video installations from the past 100 years. It is complemented by two community-supported exhibitions, Play Ball! Baseball in the Capital Region and The Clubhouse: Baseball Memorabilia.

Robert Chappelle Albany Senators BaseballPlay Ball! explores the area’s rich history of baseball. Almost one hundred historic objects and images highlight Capital Region baseball from the 1860s to the present. The Clubhouse includes rare objects and well-cherished pieces of memorabilia collected by community members.

Play Ball and The Clubhouse will display items that haven’t been on public view before and it’s the result of outreach to private collectors and area museums,” says Executive Director Tammis Groft. “The Capital Region as a whole has had some fascinating baseball history and we are thrilled to present these stories and artifacts to the public.”

“For instance,” Groft said, “we were lucky enough to connect with the relatives of Mellie (Meldon) Wolfgang, an Albany native who played for the Albany Senators and went on to play several seasons with the Chicago White Sox. His 1917 World Series uniform and some of his other major league items will be on view. It’s a great example of how Capital Region baseball connected with the national scene.”

The Albany Institute of History & Art will host an opening reception for Triple Play on Friday, February 6, 2015 from 5 until 8 pm. The reception is free and open to the public, but RSVPs should be made to (518) 463-4478 ext 403.

There will also be a special lecture on Sunday, February 8 at 2 pm with John Thorn, Official Baseball Historian for Major League Baseball. Tickets to the lecture are $10 per person and may be purchased online at Seating is limited.

More detailed information information about the exhibit can be found here.

image035The Albany Institute of History & Art is located at 125 Washington Avenue in Albany, New York. Free parking is available in the museum’s lot at the corner of Elk and Dove Streets. The museum is open Wednesday-Saturday 10 am-5 pm, Thursdays until 8 pm*, and Sunday Noon-5 pm. On Tuesdays, the museum is open to registered groups only. The museum is closed on Mondays and some holidays. *AIHA now offers free admission on Thursdays from 5 pm-8 pm.

Admission is free for Institute members; $10/adults; $8/seniors; $8/students with ID; $6/children 6-12; FREE/children under 6. Bank of America and Merrill Lynch card holders get free admission to the Albany Institute of History & Art on the first weekends of the months that Triple Play! Baseball at the Albany Institute is open (February through July 2015).

For more information, visit or call (518) 463-4478.

Photos: Above, Babe Ruth, Albany Mayor Thacher, and Lou Gehrig at Hawkins Stadium in 1929 (Museum of Innovation and Science, General Electric Archives); middle, Robert Chappelle, Albany Senators, c. 1908-1910 (AIHA Library, Shillinglaw Collection); and below, Black Sox, Albany Twilight League Champions, Photographed by The Fellowcraft Studios, Albany, NY, 1937 (AIHA Library Purchase, Harder and Glass Family Papers).

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