I think, as baseball fans, we can pretty much all agree that the All Star break is the worst. I mean, sure, the Home Run Derby is sort of entertaining. And it’s kind of fun to see all of that talent together on the field in the All-Star Game. And it’s good for the players from our favorite teams to get some much-needed rest. But when it comes down to it, it’s four days in a row without your team playing any games (and two days with no baseball action at all), which is sort of miserable.
So, I figured this brutal day without baseball was as good a time as any to finally make the trip to the Reagan Library for the baseball exhibit. It was definitely worth the drive. Like, I’m not even sure where to begin with how awesome this exhibit was. Among the highlights:
- Artifacts from so many of the game’s greats—game-worn jerseys, gloves, baseball cards, etc.
- A showcase of the evolution of baseball gear throughout the decade
- Art, as well as extensive collections of baseball memorabilia
I only spent an hour and a half in there, but I easily could’ve spent three times that long just soaking everything in.
I really liked the fact that, in this exhibit, they presented both Major League AND Negro League history. After all, you’re not really getting the complete history of the national pastime if you’re ignoring an entire demographic’s contributions to the game prior to a certain point in history (i.e. Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier). (On that note, there was also a bit about women in baseball, though it was sort of hidden away in a corner downstairs. Oh well. I guess I should be happy it was there at all.)
The exhibit featured a ton of Dodgers-related stuff, focused especially on the team’s Brooklyn days. The most fascinating thing for me was, probably, seeing some of the team’s alternate jerseys, since for such a long time there’s been very little variation in the Dodgers’ uniforms. Don’t get me wrong, I love that the Dodgers keep it simple and classic with their look—but it was still interesting to see examples of times when they tried to change things up a bit. You can kind of see a few of the alternate looks on the right side of the above picture; apologies for my lackluster iPhone photography.
Basically, if you’re a baseball fan in the L.A. area (or who’ll be traveling to the L.A. area in the next month or so), find a way to get to this. The exhibit is at the Reagan Library through September 4th, and it’s $16 for adults to get in. Tickets can be purchased here.
(The Reagan Library is totally worth visiting on its own, too, regardless of how you feel about the man or his politics. It’s absolutely gorgeous out there in Simi Valley, and there’s some really neat stuff. For instance, you can walk through Air Force One! And you can buy all the Jelly Belly beans your heart desires.)