The Hall annually assigns an employee the duty of collecting World Series memorabilia and bringing it back to Cooperstown. Such was the case in 2011 as well. After being accessioned into the permanent collection, the following items will go on public display.
On November 19, the Hall of Fame opens its Autumn Glory exhibit celebrating the 2011 postseason. It will be up for one year, until there is a new World Champion.
Items donated by the Cardinals include:
- David Freese’s jersey “shredded” by his teammates along with the bat with which the Series MVP hit his game-winning home run in Game 6.
- Albert Pujols‘ spikes from Game 3 when the Cardinals’ slugger tied a record with three home runs and set a record with 14 total bases.
- Chris Carpenter‘s World Series Game 7 game-worn home jersey.
- The bat used by Allen Craig to hit his Game 7 home run. The score, which broke a 2-2 tie, turned out to be the game-winner.
- The bat used by Lance Berkman throughout the World Series. He batted .423 and scored a team-high nine times.
- Caps worn by retiring manager Tony La Russa and pitching coach Dave Duncan.
- Road cap worn by Carpenter after his 1-0 shutout over the Phillies in Game 5 of the NLDS and in away games throughout the post-season
The Hall has posted the following video which highlights these artifacts and several others donated by the American League Champion Texas Rangers.