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Traveling museum exhibition on baseball comes to Boston


As the Red Sox slog through the dog days of summer, Boston’s Museum of Science has something that should reinvigorate the flagging spirits of any fan of the great American game. The exhibition Baseball as America is on display now through September 1.

More than 500 artifacts from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y. — from Babe Ruth’s record-breaking home run bat to Curt Schilling’s bloody sock to a hat worn by Mike Lowell when he was the 2007 World Series MVP — tell the story of this most American sport.

Visitors will also learn about baseball innovations, and true to the exhibition’s venue, about the science behind the game, such as the spin of a curveball, the evolution of protective equipment, the anatomy of a baseball, and the types of soil used at Fenway Park. There’s also an opportunity to be a part of the exhibition, by uploading your own baseball photos or videos along with a description of what the game means to you.

Call 617-723-2500 for more information. To get to the Museum of Science, take the Green Line to the Science Park stop.

Chris Berdik can be reached at cberdik@bu.edu.

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