As a run-up to Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, new baseball exhibit opens today at history museum

Debi Murray shows off a mannequin wearing a uniform loaned by All Star second baseman Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros. The uniform is on display at a new baseball exhibit that opened today at the Palm Beach County History Museum. Murray is chief archivist of the Historical Society of Palm Beach County.
Debi Murray shows off a mannequin wearing a uniform loaned by All Star second baseman Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros. The uniform is on display at a new baseball exhibit that opened today at the Palm Beach County History Museum. Murray is chief archivist of the Historical Society of Palm Beach County.

A new baseball exhibit opens today at the Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum in downtown West Palm Beach.

The exhibit — “For the Love of the Game: Baseball in the Palm Beaches” — offers an impressive microcosm of how baseball and the local area have influenced each other since the 1897 when Henry Flagler built a baseball diamond to entertain his hotel guests on Palm Beach.

It covers the area’s 120 history with baseball, including the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, the new spring training home of the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros.

The exhibit, which runs through next July, was planned to open today as a run-up to the new spring training facility south of 45th Street and west of Interstate 95.

Many artifacts were loaned by local residents.

 

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