Newburgh Museum opens exhibit featuring local ties to America’s favorite pastime

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The history of baseball is alive in the Tri-State. Sunday the Newburgh Museum officially opened an exhibit all about America’s favorite past time. 

It took nearly a year to put together, but the museum’s vision creating an exhibit based on three photos of Newburgh baseball teams is now open to the community. 

‘It’s important to keep that heritage alive and available for people to learn,” said board president Thomas Bodkin. 

The inspiration came from photos of teams from the town in the early 1900s.

“We started thinking what goes with baseball? Whether that’s cracker jack or bats and balls, mits and pennants, anything we could think of we tried to pull in with it,” said exhibits chair Suzie Byers.

The majority of items featured come from baseball historian Dave Johnson, “My dad used to say what good is this stuff if its in a box and a lot of it now isn’t it a box,” he said. 

Personally he has thousands of pieces of baseball memorabilia he started collecting at just 8 years old. 

This collection features items from 1890 through the 40s. 

“We thought baseball was natural for summer and usually in the fall we have a lot of kids from schools that visit and we thought they would love this,” said Byers. 

“Really the fact we were able to put the exhibit together and have people come look at it that makes it special,” said Bodkin. 

Museum board members hope people of all ages come to enjoy it and Johnson hopes it might inspire a kid to follow in his footsteps. 

“There’s gonna come a time where no one knows the old players unless they get to see something like this so maybe there will be another kid who starts collecting cards tomorrow,” said Johnson. 

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(This story was originally published on mmmmm dd, 2017)

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