Baseball History is Made
Tim Murtaugh [left], grandson of Danny Murtaugh, is shown here presenting to Jim Vankoski, curator of the Sports Legends of Delaware County (SDLC) museum, the jersey that his grandfather wore when the Pittsburgh Pirates, then managed by Danny, defeated the New York Yankees in a game in which Bill Mazeroski hit his historic seventh-game walk-off home run.
The public will have it’s first chance to see the jersey on Saturday, September 3rd, from 10 am to 12 pm at the Mickey Vernon Gallery on the first floor of the SLDC museum. After that the jersey can be viewed during museum regular hours each Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm. The museum is located at 301 Iven Avenue in Radnor, PA.
On the same subject, a Danny Murtaugh Making History Gala will take place on October 8, 2016. For ticket information, contact Jim Vankoski 610-909-4919 or visit the museum’s website at www.sportslegendsofdelawarecounty.com.
Danny Murtaugh Making History Celebration
Danny Murtaugh’s historic number 40 jersey, shown in the photo below and last seen at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown NY, will be on display during this event. Sponsorship Information
The Sports Legends of Delaware County museum is inviting you to help us celebrate three history-making moments in the career of one of Delaware County’s favorite sons–Danny Murtaugh.
The first moment occurred on October 13,1960, when Danny managed the Pittsburgh Pirates to an upset victory over the New York Yankees in a game in which Bill Mazeroski hit his historic seventh-game walk-off home run.
The second history-making moment occurred on September 1, 1971, when Danny became the first major league manager to pencil-in the first all minority line-up–24 years after Jackie Robinson broke the MLB color barrier.
The third moment occurred on October 17,1971, when the Pirates–again managed by Danny–defeated the heavily-favored Baltimore Orioles–also in a series lasting seven games.
The celebration will take place on October 8, 2016 at the SLDC museum at 301 Iven Avenue in Radnor PA 19087. Attendance will be limited to no more than 130 and is expected to last from 6 pm to 9 pm. We are looking for ten sponsors to make this a very special evening. Your sponsorship of $1,000 will entitle you to a pre-banquet reception in our hospitality suite as well as recognition of you or your company in our banquet program. The reception will be hosted by the board of directors of the SLDC museum, with a special guest giving a personal insight into the careers of two Delaware County athletes that participated in what could truly be called one of the most historic moments in baseball history.
Your sponsorship will also entitle you and nine additional friends, family or colleagues to our regular program, which includes dinner, entertainment, and video presentations as well as what perhaps will be the highlight of the evening: A talk by Bruce Markusen, the author of a book on one of the most important teams in the history of sports–the 1971 Pirates. Mr. Markusen currently is the manager of Digital and Outreach Learning at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.
Thank you for considering this request. If you have any questions, please get in touch with me at 610-909-4919 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jim Vankoski,PresidentSLDC Inc. (A 501c3 organization)
Sports Legends of Delaware County Summer Family Activity Guide. Free Admission! Monday through Friday 8am to 4pm
The Sports Legends of Delaware County museum and its Mickey Vernon Gallery are joining forces to present an exhibit that will feature one of the largest public displays of bobblehead figurines ever assembled in Delaware County.
In order to bring about this presentation, the museum curators are asking for your help. If you happen to have an old bobblehead figurine hanging around your house collecting dust, you can donate it and we will display it in our upcoming exhibit, to be held this August and September. For your generosity, you will receive a coupon good for a chance to have your own bobblehead made to your very own specifications, compliments of Choice Marketing.
To kick-start this event, more than a dozen bobblehead figurines that have been donated in memory of former collector Frank Upton will soon be on display at the Golden Impulse jewelry store at 25 West State Street in Media, PA. Bring your donated figurine to the store or to the Sports Legends of Delaware County museum at 301 Iven Avenue in Radnor, PA during the months of June or July any Monday through Friday from 10am to 4pm and receive your chance to win a personal bobblehead figurine for supporting this event.
For more information, contact Jim Vankoski at 610-909-4919 or email@example.com.
A 12″x18″ Mickey Horsehide and Signature Print is available by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-909-4919
Sculptor Jennifer Frudakis-Petry was commissioned by the New Jersey CRDA and the Pop Lloyd Committee to do this 6′ x 8′ bas-relief of the history of Negro League Baseball, originally placed at Sand Castle Stadium in Atlantic City, NJ. When the stadium was closed, the work was relocated to Stockton University and can be presently viewed in front of their Athletic Department.
You are invited to try to identify the sixteen significant personalities/events depicted here. To check your answers, scroll to the bottom of the this month’s page on the Sports Legends of Delaware County website www.sportslegendsofdelawarecounty.com.
To find out about Delaware County’s contribution to Negro league Baseball, go to that same website and view Brad Nau’s video on Hilldale Park entitled Champions Walked Here. The video is in the dvd section produced by BNProducers. In that same dvd section you can view Larry Doby, one of the players depicted on the Frudakis sculpture.
As noted in the introduction to the video Ballfield to Battlefield and Back by George Case and Mickey Vernon, Mickey served in the Navy with Larry during WW II and was also a teammate of his with the Cleveland Indians. Larry Doby was the first African-American player to play in the American League—starting less than three months after Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier in the National League. Although Doby was, by all reports, just as good a player as Jackie, he never received the same publicity. Tells you how important it is to be first.