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Final Yankee Stadium Game Artifacts Coming To Cooperstown

By Sports WKTV

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.

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