St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Memorabilia Opens at Clinton Library Tomorrow

Most Arkansans probably consider themselves St. Louis Cardinals fans due to the long association the Arkansas Travelers had with them. Though the Travelers are no longer a St. Louis farm team, there are still a lot of redbird fans here.

A new temporary exhibit, “Play Ball! The St. Louis Cardinals,” opens Saturday, March 3 at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock. Fredbird, the St. Louis Cardinals mascot, will be at the library tomorrow from 10 a.m. until noon. Arkansas native and Hall of Famer, Cardinal legend Lou Brock presided at opening ceremonies today.

President Clinton commented on the event by saying “I’m proud to welcome my friend Lou Brock back to Arkansas, and I’m honored that he is opening the latest exhibit at the Clinton Presidential Center. His accomplishments on the field are both historic and legendary and are surpassed only by his ongoing efforts as one of baseball’s greatest ambassadors.”

Lou Brock is the National League’s all-time leader with 938 stolen bases, including a National League record 118 steals in 1974. In 1978, the National League announced that its annual stolen base leader would receive the Lou Brock Award, making Brock the first active player to have an award named after him.

“Play Ball” features items on loan from the St. Louis Hall of Fame Museum and runs through September 16. The Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum collection is the largest team-held collection in Major League Baseball and is second only to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in terms of size with over 16,000 memorabilia items and over 80,000 archival photographs.

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