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November 18, 2010

Hall secures Series artifacts


— The San Francisco Giants are bringing their first World Series title back to the City by the Bay.

At the same time, treasures from baseball’s most memorable moments from the 2010 postseason are on their way to Cooperstown and being prepared for the Autumn Glory exhibit at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, according to a media release from the Hall.

Following the Giants’ World Series-clinching win, the museum acquired nearly a dozen artifacts from the Giants and the American League Champion Texas Rangers.

Those artifacts will be on display by Thanksgiving in Autumn Glory, which celebrates the history of baseball’s postseason.

Artifacts donated by the Giants and Rangers from the 106th World Series include:

• Bat used by World Series Most Valuable Player Edgar Renteria to hit his game-winning home run in Game 5.

• Road jersey worn by Giants starting pitcher Tim Lincecum in Game 5; Lincecum won two games in the Fall Classic.

• World Series batting helmet won by Cody Ross, who scored five runs in the World Series.

• Cap worn by Giants’ Madison Bumgarner in Game 4 when the rookie pitched eight shutout innings.

• Cap worn by the Giants’ Matt Cain in Game 2; Cain allowed no earned runs in 21.1 postseason innings this year.

• Left spike worn by the Giants’ Aubrey Huff in the Series; Huff drove in eight runs in the 2010 postseason.

• Bat used by the Rangers’ Mitch Moreland to hit his Game 3 home run, the first World Series round-tripper in Rangers’ history.

• Ceremonial first pitch ball from Game 4, delivered by former President George W. Bush and former President George H.W. Bush, signed by both men.

• Dirt taken from around the pitching mound following Game 3 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington to mark the first World Series game in North Texas history.

Those and other artifacts from the 2010 postseason will be on display in the Autumn Glory exhibit through the 2011 Major League Baseball postseason. The exhibit may also feature additional artifacts from the 2010 postseason.

Included in the Hall of Fame’s postseason exhibit is the glove Willie Mays used to make “The Catch’’ off the Indians’ Vic Wertz during the 1954 World Series, which was the last time the Giants’ franchise won a world title.