This amazing exhibit features historic baseball artifacts like the glove Willie Mays used to make his iconic over-the-shoulder grab, referred to simply as “The Catch”, in the 1954 World Series.
Also featured is the bat Bobby Thomson hit the famed “The Shot Heard ‘Round the World,” with, a blast which sent the New York Giants to the 1951 World Series; the helmet Bill Mazeroski wore when he hit the World Series-clinching home run for the Pirates in 1960; and the bat Pete Rose swung to become baseball’s all-time hits leader in 1985.
This touring exhibit, which is at minor-league ballparks nationwide for the rest of 2017, isn’t just historical artifacts. There are also two interactive virtual reality stations where fans can immerse themselves in different aspects of the game.
The first VR station takes fans back to the 2016 World Series — allowing them to relive moments like when the Cubs clinched their first trip to the Fall Classic since 1945. Fans are front and center for memorable moments from this classic Series. See the Indians mascot run right before your eyes when Cleveland took the lead in this back-and-forth affair or climb aboard a tour bus the Cubs rode around Chicago during their victory parade after their first World Series win since 1908.
At the other VR station, fans compete in a Home Run Derby. Whether you’ve ever played baseball or not, this is a very cool and unique experience for all. First, you’ll pick which current player you want to hit as, then customize your bat and decide which ballpark to hit in. Once you’ve got the set-up, see how many home runs you can hit in that ballpark.
The Hall of Fame Tour also features its own IMAX theatre, which seats about 100 visitors. The 12-minute movie We Are Baseball shows why the appeal of baseball remains and why the game continues to be our national pastime.
Through interactive exhibits like the Hall of Fame section, fans can view plaques of their favorite Hall of Famers or can even design their own Hall of Fame plaque with their own picture.
Another popular part of this exhibit allows visitors to take a selfie and insert their own image into one of baseball’s iconic moments like Carlton Fisk’s home-run in the 1975 World Series or the famous “Pine Tar Incident” featuring George Brett in 1984.
The Double-A Frisco Roughriders have started their 2017 season and are in town through Tuesday, creating the possibility of a true baseball daily double by seeing the touring exhibit and then a game.
Photos Courtesy: Major League Baseball