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November 7, 2013

Fresh from World Series, artifacts arrive at HOF

Cooperstown Crier

---- — Artifacts from the 2013 World Series have arrived at the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

The hall unveiled the items from this year’s Boston Red Sox win over the St. Louis Cardinals in a presentation at the hall on Oct. 31.

“It’s fun for us as a staff to celebrate history as it happens,” said Brad Horn, vice president of communications and education at the baseball hall of fame, who delivered the presentation.

Horn said that he and the artifacts had come in just ten minutes before, having collected them the previous night, immediately after the Red Sox six-game World Series win.

These items include the spikes used by Boston closer Koji Uehara throughout the series, Fenway dirt still on the soles, the bat used by World Series MVP David Ortiz in Game 5, the catcher’s helmet and mask worn by Boston catcher David Ross and the jacket worn by Red Sox Manager John Farrell in Game 6. There is also the fake beard donned by Hall of Fame member, former Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch in Game 6 with his former teammate, Luis Tiant.

“This is the closest thing to facial hair we’ll get to here in the hall of fame,” said Horn, who said that Erik Strohl, vice president of collections and exhibitions at the hall of fame, hadn’t let him take any of a real beard the day before.

At the presentation, 11 artifacts were displayed. Horn gave the history of each of them, and why the museum had sought them out. He also said that another artifact was coming soon.

One such item was the jacket of John Hirschbeck, the crew chief of the umpires in the 2013 World Series. Horn explained that they asked for the jacket because of the critical role the umpires played in the series, first by reversing a call in Game 1, and then by ending Game 3 in favor of the St. Louis Cardinals with an obstruction call, two difficult situations that the umpires were widely deemed to have gotten right.

“It’s not too often we get to celebrate the role of an umpire,” said Horn

All artifacts displayed were donated by those who had owned and used them in the series at the request of the hall of fame.

“In 12 years I’ve only had a handful of players who’ve said no,” said Horn.

He also said that when the National Basebal Hall of Fame takes a donation, it agrees to keep and preserve that item forever.

The artifacts will be part of the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s exhibit “Autumn Glory,” which celebrates baseball’s postseason. They will join the exhibit in early December, and be on display for a year, after which they will be replaced by items from next year’s World Series champions. The 2013 Red Sox World Series artifacts will then take their place in the hall of fame’s collections storage vault.

According to Horn, the National Baseball Hall of Fame has almost 40,000 three dimensional pieces and 250,000 original photographs and boasts three million volumes in its library.

“We would have something pertaining to every World Series,” said Erik Strohl vice president of collections and exhibitions.