Beginning March 1, 2008 and running through July 20, 2008, the George Bush Presidential Museum will showcase an exhibit titled “Born to Play Ball” which will look at some of baseball’s most famous players.
This exhibit is being produced together with the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. It will open in College Station, Texas, and then travel to Grand Rapids, Michigan. Along with one-of-a-kind objects from private collectors, the National Baseball Hall of Fame is contributing numerous artefacts, photographs, and interactive programs. Beginning with a brief history of the evolution of the game and equipment, the exhibit features outstanding players representing each of the nine positions. It will also take a look at the Negro Leagues, Women’s League, as well as Presidents and their special relationship to this most American game. This exhibit will knock the ball out of the park!
The Mickey Mantle items exhibited will include his 1955 American League Championship ring, his 1956 Player of the Year Award, his 1961 Yankee warm-up jacket and a custom Harley Davidson motorcycle that was designed by Mickey’s son, David, as a colorful and touching tribute to his father. These Mickey Mantle items are from the personal collection of Randall Swearingen.