The National Pastime Museum's Special Exhibitions feature is an opportunity to bring together artifacts, images, and stories for a limited time to share a memorable moment in baseball's history.
Today we wish Eddie Murray, he of the sweet stroke from both sides of the plate and a long overdue statue at Camden Yards, Happy Birthday!
Eddie Murray made his Major League Baseball debut in 1977. A native of Los Angeles, Murray played for five teams during his 21 year career. From ’77 through the 1988 season, Murray anchored the Orioles infield from first base (winning three Gold Gloves) while hitting 20+ homeruns and picking up 100 RBIs annually.
Monty Sheldon’s proposal was selected for The National Pastime Museum’s grant in memory of Frank Ceresi, the site’s founding director. In Monty’s proposal he stated that he wanted to “tell the story of how baseball’s race relations mirrored the institutional racism of the country segregating players by color into a “separate but equal” league structure and then, as one of the dominant touchstones of 19th and early 20th century culture, pioneered a path to integration ahead of the armed forces and the early milestones of the Civil Rights Movement.
Artist Sean Kane will be unveiling new work created for TNPM on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Don Larsen's Perfect Game in the 1956 World Series. He'll discuss the process behind this painting, from original concept to sourcing materials and significance of the game to the final brushstroke.
In March The National Pastime Museum announced a grant in memory of the site’s founding director Frank Ceresi. After reviewing a number of terrific proposals, we have selected artist Monty Sheldon's proposal. We want to thank all of the artists who submitted proposals.
The display will include rare materials about local baseball teams from the San Mateo History Museum's permanent collection, plus items borrowed from schools, historical organizations and private collections. Let’s Play Ball will depict aspects of semi-professional and professional baseball from the 1900s to the present day. At least 92 teams existed at one time or another in San Mateo County. The exhibit will also feature professional players who grew up here and will honor players who have made the county their home after retirement.