As the New York Yankees celebrate their record 27th World Series championship, treasures from baseball’s most memorable moments from the 2009 postseason are being prepared for the Autumn Glory exhibit at the National
Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown.
Following the Yankees’ World Series-clinching win on Nov. 4, the Museum acquired nearly a dozen artifacts from both the Bronx Bombers and the Phillies. Those artifacts will be on display in mid-November in Autumn Glory, which celebrates the history of baseball’s postseason.
- Hideki Matsui’s Game 6 bat from the game when the World Series MVP drove in a record-tying six runs
- Artifacts donated by the Yankees from the 105th World Series include:
- Mariano Rivera’s postseason cap from a stretch where Rivera saved five of the 11 wins and an 0.56 ERA
- Derek Jeter’s Game 6 bat; Jeter hit .407
- Andy Pettitte’s World Series cap; Pettitte was the winning pitcher in all three of the Yankees’series- clinching wins.
- Johnny Damon’s spikes from his Game 4 double steal
- Jorge Posada’s catcher’s mask from the postseason
- Jose Molina’s catcher’s mask from the postseason
- Suzyn Waldman’s scorecard from Game 6; Waldman became the first woman to broadcast a WS game.
The Museum received other postseason artifacts as well, including: Cliff Lee’s game-worn postseason cap; Pettitte’s jersey from Game 6 of the ALCS when he set a record with 16 postseason victories. These and other artifacts from the 2009 postseason will be on display in the Autumn Glory exhibit through the 2010 Major League Baseball postseason. The exhibit may also feature additional artifacts from the 2009 postseason.
The Museum collections contain many artifacts documenting the entire history of World Series and postseason play, including Don Larsen’s cap and Yogi Berra’s mitt from Larsen’s 1956 perfect game; Bill Mazeroski’s (1960) and Joe Carter’s (1993) bats from their Series-ending blasts, and World Series rings from the last century of Fall Classic.