When we started this site last year it was always our hope to bring you stories beyond the world of Theme Parks. At the beginning we did a pretty good job of that because we were just looking to get enjoyable content for you all to read.
Over the past few months since it's been crazy busy with Theme Parks we've slipped on that a bit, hopefully this report will begin to fix that.
if you are a baseball fan in any way, shape or form, you need to make sure you get up to the Reagan Library to check out this amazing exhibit.
We have a LOT of pictures to get to today, so let's get started ... or shall I say PLAY BALL!!!
The front of the Reagan Library, we are just going to be looking at the Baseball exhibit today, we'll take a look at the entire library in a future article.
Baseball is the Great American Pastime despite not being the most popular sport anymore. I mean, when is the last time you heard of somebody taking a road trip to visit all NBA arena's?
President Reagan was a sports announcer long before he was an actor, Governor or President. This is touched on a bit more in the main museum.
"Atta Boy" arcade figure
Like any Baseball exhibit, a large number or baseballs are on display. Even Pete Rose is represented.
Some great world series baseballs. I do have to apologize for some of the blurriness in some of the photo's, the museum doesn't have the best light for picture taking (understandably).
Baseball bats for the President and First Lady. Wonder how many times Ronnie wanted to hit Oliver North over the head with this one? (Google it kids)
Some Hank Aaron memorabilia, still the rightful Home Run King.
The main exhibit is in the National Treasures Gallery. if you are familiar with the library, this is the same location that the Lincoln and Disney exhibits were held in.
When I first saw this I thought it was a pitching machine, turns out it's a Peanut cart.
"Temple Cup" lithograph
Lots of cigarette and cigar ads on display. Not something you'll see today.
The Grand Pavilion
The original Major League Ballparks
"Angels In The Outfield"
No surprise there was a lot of Babe Ruth memoribilia
Hank Aaron Jersey and signed baseball (below)
*The "All Time Home Run Leader" (is that asterisk big enough?)
Babe Ruth game used bat
The Babe's fur coat
Being that the exhibit is in Southern California, a huge part of the exhibit was dedicated to the Dodgers
Leo Durocher's Blue Satin Coach's Uniform. Pretty flashy for the 1940's.
Lots of Dodgers Jersey's and Jacket's
They even had some cool Negro Leagues memorabilia. It's an equally amazing/sad part of the history of Baseball and our country.
There is also a tent set up (where the spy exhibit was) that houses much more of the exhibit.
Not sure why these banners are up, completely random other than them all being current or former NL teams (The Astros are now in the AL).
More Babe Ruth
The exhibit features some FANTASTIC Jackie Robinson pieces
#42 now officially retired among all MLB teams after Mariano Rivera's retirement last year.
Some great tributes on how #42 paved the way for other players. If you were too young to experience "Fernando Mania" I apologize.
Jersey's from some other all-time-great Dodgers
Some great scale models of classic stadiums. Fenway Park
Yankee Stadium (the good one)
No other sport has inspired more off the field entertainment than baseball
Baseball in the movies
I was kind of disappointed to see no references to Field of Dreams or The Sandlot, which I consider to be two of the greatest baseball movies ever made.
That's going to wrap it up for this update. We hope you enjoyed this look at this amazing exhibit. This is by no means all that the exhibit has to offer but hopefully enough to satisfy our readers. You could easily spend a couple of hours just in this one exhibit.
The Baseball Exhibit is open now through September 4th, so make sure you take some time to learn more about the boys of summer this summer.
Click the link for more information on the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum.
Throughout the year, the incredible Ronald Reagan Library has changing displays for things like Abraham Lincoln, Disney, and their current Spy Exhibit (which we will cover in a future update). One of their yearly displays is a Christmas Tree display. This year the display is title "A California Christmas". Each tree features souvenirs and decorations to fit different geographical area's of California.
The Gone Fishin' tree.
Celebrating Yosemite National Park
The State Capitol
Simi Valley, home of the Reagan Library
Death Valley and Route 66
Hooray for Hollywood
The southern portion of PCH going through Malibu
Some additional information regarding the California Christmas Tree display:
This year, the annual Christmas Tree Exhibit at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum will showcase the great state of California! To a young 20-something Ronald Reagan, California was a “place of unlimited opportunity, a golden dream for all who have the courage to dare.” It is with this spirit that the Reagan Library will showcase 23 trees representing not only tourist attractions such as the cities of San Francisco and nearby Los Angeles, but also historical landmarks and national parks like Yosemite and the Redwoods. Your holiday season won’t be complete until you visit A California Christmasand marvel at the true uniqueness of the Golden State.
Admission to the A California Christmas exhibit includes admission into the entire Reagan Museum, the Air Force One Pavilion, and the SPY: The Secret World of Espionage exhibit.
Toys for Tots
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library is proud to work with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve to bring Toys for Tots to the Reagan Library. Beginning on November 17 and running through December 15, 2013, the Reagan Library will be collecting new, unwrapped toys which the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve will be distributing to needy children in our community.
Toys of all monetary value will be accepted. For each toy worth 10 or more dollars, guests will receive $2 off a general admission or senior admission ticket at the Reagan Library to be used that same day (offer cannot be combined with any other offer).
A California Christmas will be open to the public from November 17, 2013 to January 5, 2014.
For more information about the Reagan Library you can visit their website here.