Students Learn About "The Old Ball Game: New York Baseball from 1887-1977"
Earlier this semester, students visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see the exhibit "The Old Ball Game: New York Baseball from 1887-1977. They learned that New York has been the site of some of baseball's most significant milestones since the mid-19th century, when the New York Knickerbockers was the first team to apply rules that still govern the sport today. It was here that Babe Ruth set multiple single-season home-run records as a Bronx Bomber and Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball when he started for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. This exhibition features baseball cards dating from 1887—when the Dodgers were called the Bridegrooms, the Giants were known as the Gothams, and the Yankees didn't yet exist—to 1977, when the Mets had replaced the Dodgers and Giants as New York's primary National League team. What an amazing day!