COOPERSTOWN, NY - The last regular-season baseball game at Yankee Stadium is now a part of history. But that history will remain alive forever at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
Following the New York Yankees’ 7-3 victory over the Orioles on Sunday night, the Hall of Fame received several artifacts generously donated by the players. These items include: the spikes worn by Yankee catcher Jose Molina during the final game; the bat Johnny Damon used for his three-run home run on Sunday night; a bat used by Derek Jeter on the final homestand; and Jeter’s spikes from the game when he passed Lou Gehrig on the Yankee Stadium all-time hit list.
Those artifacts will join dozens of other Yankee Stadium treasures at the Hall of Fame, including lockers of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio; two turnstiles and a ticket booth; 12 box seats from behind home plate; a chair used by former Postmaster General James A. Farley on the first base side; and a bat rack.
The artifacts will be put on display this fall after they are officially accessioned into the Museum archives. The Yankees begin play in a new stadium in the Bronx in 2009.
The Hall of Fame is also working to acquire artifacts from the last regular-season home game at the New York Mets' Shea Stadium, which will be held this Sunday, Sept. 28.