Curators of Philadelphia History Join Forces

If you are a fan of baseball we have something for you to add to your summer to do list.  Mitchell & Ness is proud to be working with the Betsy Ross House to bring you a history of baseball in Philadelphia.  They can say it much better than we can, so check out the press release:

A grand Philadelphia tradition – the Betsy Ross House – is celebrating baseball, another Philadelphia and American tradition, this summer.

In a new exhibit opening on Friday, May 22, 2009, the Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch St., in Philadelphia, will celebrate the spirit of the 19th and early 20th century as seen through the nation’s most patriotic sport: baseball.

“Professional baseball, as American as the flag that Betsy made, had just grown roots in America in the late 19th century, and is great example of American ingenuity and the spirit of the times,” says Betsy Ross House Museum Manager Michelle Budenz.

The exhibit will run through the entire 2009 baseball season, until Oct. 25, 2009, and traces the early beginnings of baseball in the City of Brotherly Love. From the 2008 World Series Champion Phillies to other historic teams such as the Philadelphia Athletics, the Pythian Club of Philadelphia (the first prominent African-American club in the city, c. 1866), and the Philadelphia Stars (the famous Negro League team), America’s pastime will be on display through historic jerseys, photographs, Connie Mack stadium seats, items commemorating the 2008 World Series championship and more.

Naturally, the 2008 World Series Champion Phillies have loaned the Betsy Ross House objects for the exhibit, but the driving force behind the entire exhibit is another Philadelphia institution, the Mitchell and Ness Nostalgia Co. After deciding to celebrate baseball, the Betsy Ross House contacted Mitchell and Ness about curating the exhibit. Fortunately, Mitchell and Ness had just the right person to put together an ambitious display, company historian Jared Wheeler. A 2004 graduate of Temple University with a BA in Social American History, where he studied under Dr. James Hilty, Wheeler is a member of the Philadelphia Athletics Historical Society as well as the Society of American Baseball Research. His personal focus is on the desegregation of baseball and its influence on American society, as well as the history of the uniform. His research has been featured at the Jerry Malloy Conference as well as in Sport's Illustrated “The Baseball Book.” He also serves on the editorial board of Black Ball: a Negro Leagues Journal.

Curating the exhibit along with Wheeler are Betsy Ross House Director Lisa Acker Moulder and Betsy Ross House Museum Manager Michelle Budenz.
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As you can see from the pictures below, the exhibit is fantastic.  Don't miss it!

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6/12/2009 2:14:11 PM

This is solid and a great venue to see Philly sports history.  Pics look great

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6/12/2009 2:30:49 PM

Great pics! I went to the exhibit. I recommend it to anyone who is a baseball fan.

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