The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum announced today that they will host a Kansas City Royals weekend July 2-3 to celebrate the team’s first championship in 30 years.
The 2015 World Series trophy will be on display both days and visitors will be able to take pictures with it. In addition, artifacts of the Royals’ world title will also be on display and be preserved forever at the Cooperstown shrine. Many of those artifacts are on display in the Museum’s exhibit Autumn Glory, which celebrates each season’s playoff and World Series teams.
The Royals bested the New York Mets in the Fall Classic last October giving the franchise their second championship. Their last title came in 1985 in what was dubbed “The I-70 Series” as they toppled their in-state rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals.
Among the items on display from Kansas City’s five-game victory are:
· Jersey worn by Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer in Game 5, which featured his daring dash home with the tying run in the ninth inning
· Glove used by Royals catcher and World Series Most Valuable Player Salvador Perez throughout the Series
· Spikes worn throughout the Series by Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain
· Road cap worn by Royals closer Wade Davis, who struck out eight batters in four innings of work and notched the Series’ only save
· Bat used by Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas, who hit .304 in the Series and drove in three runs
· Bat used by Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar, who scored four runs and drove in four more in the Series
The trophy will be on exhibit at the Museum from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 2 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 3. The Museum will be open from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. both days. Throughout the weekend, visitors can learn about the history of the Royals through guided exhibit tours, artifact spotlights, player profiles, trivia contests, themed craft stations and other special opportunities. Curt Nelson, director of the Royals Hall of Fame, will be in Cooperstown to host a Museum program on Royals history.
The Royals Autumn Glory will be on display throughout 2016. For more information on Royals Weekend at the Hall of Fame, visit baseballhall.org/events.
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