Wanted: Baseball memorabilia and memories — Ballpark designers hosting free gathering Saturday for the public

The Houston Astros and Washington Nationals are inviting the public to sit down with them Saturday to share their personal stories about baseball in West Palm Beach as part of the planning for the teams’ new spring training complex.

Baseball legend Connie Mack was a West Palm Beach fixture

Baseball legend Connie Mack was a West Palm Beach fixture

Artist Blessing Hancock will be among the teams’ representatives who will help co-host the two-hour gathering on Saturday at the Johnson History Museum located in the historic 1916 Palm Beach County courthouse, 300 Dixie Highway in downtown West Palm Beach.

From 10 a.m. to noon, members of the public are encouraged to bring local baseball memorabilia – from ticket stubs and programs to uniforms and photographs – and share any stories they have of interacting with players in West Palm Beach.

Organizers hope the stories and memorabilia will serve two purposes – to influence the design the new ballpark’s art and architecture and be part of a special exhibition about the history of baseball in Palm Beach County.

The museum exhibition would coincide with the scheduled opening of The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in January 2017.

Blessing Hancock (photo courtesy University of Texas at San Antonio)

Blessing Hancock (photo courtesy University of Texas at San Antonio)

Also co-hosting the event are the Historical Society of Palm Beach County, the Palm Beach County Art in Public Places program.

For more information call curator Debi Murray at 561-832-4164 ext. 105 or email her at dmurray@historicalsocietypbc.org

If you cannot attend the event, but would like to share your stories and/or memorabilia please contact dmurray@historicalsocietypbc.org.

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