We welcome visitors to this latest exhibit inspired by early Newburgh baseball teams dating 1909-1927. Three known teams existed in Newburgh during this period. The Shumaker team, the Sterling team and the Newburgh team all played baseball in and around Newburgh including Kuebler’s Garden and other places. This exhibit runs through October 19th.
The museum partnered with Dave Johnson, retired Courier-Press sports editor and others to bring collector items on display. We have a Babe Ruth model bat manufactured in Paoli, IN, a Babe Ruth model glove, tin sign advertising his bats, Babe Ruth baseball card, a very rare Professional Decal bat from 1915, baseball cards of mostly Hall of Famer players, a number of pennants, 1920’s trophy, 1920-1940 catcher’s mask, bottle bat and many more items including a silent film of Babe Ruth and others of an early professional baseball game.
The museum is displaying several items from Jamey Carroll, a Castle graduate who played at the University of Evansville and went on to become a professional baseball player beginning with the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals September 11, 2002 and finishing his career with the Kansas City Royals in 2013.
Included in this baseball display are items from the Girls Professional Baseball League including two pennants from the teams that played in A League of our Own. During World War II, several major league baseball executives started the Girls Professional Baseball League to keep baseball in the public eye as many of the men were in the war. The first league game was played on May 30, 1943.
The first known baseball game between two African-American teams was held in 1859 in New York City. The Negro leagues (the term used during this period) began after the end of the American Civil War in 1865. In 1885, the Cuban Giants formed the first black professional baseball team. On display are 35 baseball cards depicting well-known black athletes.
One of the side displays includes old ice cream churns and a collection of old ice cream scoops. Ice cream scoops were patented by Alfred Cralle, a porter who worked in Markell Brothers drugstore in Pittsburgh, PA. Mr. Cralle applied for and received the patent # 576,395 and was the first African-American in Pittsburgh to receive a patent.
There are many items too numerous to mention on display for this exhibit. Come listen to the 7th game of the 1926 World Series as you listen on the radio located in the parlor as you view this exhibit of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”.