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Cardinals World Series items to go on display in Cooperstown

It took less than three days for items that remind us of the most memorable plays and St. Louis Cardinals players in the 2011 World Series to make their way to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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.

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8 Responses to “Cardinals World Series items to go on display in Cooperstown”

  1. friendmouse says:

    Thanks, Brian…a great video. I’m determined to visit the Baseball HOF one of these days, and if these items are still displayed there, it will unquestionably bring back fantastic memories! What a year in Baseball it was…at least for the Cardinals and their fans!!

    Sorry to hear about Bob Forsch’s death. He was a great Cardinal, but an even greater man from all I’ve heard. He will be missed, but not forgotten.

  2. blingboy says:

    It seems like they get a little bit carried away with this stuff, but who knows what fans in the future will experience when they see these kind of things.

    Sooner or later, as is all accumulates, the impact of each item diminishes.

    The kind of thing I’d like to see them go for would be a game six scorecard filled out as the game went along.

  3. JumboShrimp says:

    Wow, a cap worn by Super Genius TLR when winning his 3rd World Series.

    Jimminy Crickets is that one fantastic Hall of Fame exhibit item. They need to guard that cap like Fort Knox or the Coke Formula.

    • JumboShrimp says:

      Maybe the HoF could give visitors special protective glasses to wear, when they gaze at TLR’s cap. TLR is as brilliant as a solar eclipse.

      Best to wear protective eyewear, before looking at a cap that has had direct contact with such a brilliant cranium.

    • Nutlaw says:

      You’ve got to be careful with the weather getting colder, Jumbo. Wouldn’t want your lips freezing to what you’re busy kissing. 😉

      • JumboShrimp says:

        Once somebody retires, they can become even greater in our memories than during real life!

        Since TLR was a Giant Super Genius for the Cards, its scary to think how massive he will grow in our memories.

  4. JumboShrimp says:

    With TLR retiring and Albert a free agent, this is a busy offseason for Mo. And there could be a lot of change ahead. No wonder Mo signed up Berkman to a 2012 deal, to reduce the off season personnel work.

    Communicating with the press is a much bigger part of a manager’s job today. In this role, the manager represents the business day to day. I understand interviewing Matheny. He has been part of the fabric of the Cards, so could fit in well, even though he has not been a manager and thus spokesman already.
    Nobody is going to be perfect in every possible way.

  5. Brian Walton says:

    The World Series exhibit at the Hall of Fame is now open.

    The HoF noted the following items have been added to the exhibit:

    Press Pins from the Cardinals and Rangers
    Front pages from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch detailing the Cardinals Comeback
    Rally Squirrel hand towel giveaway

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