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Atlantic League In The Hall of Fame

The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. will induct seven new members on Sunday, July 24.

But the Hall of Fame, which honors the greatest players and contributors to build the game, is more than just a museum of busts and bios. The Hall of Fame is a place where some of the greatest artifacts from the game live in perpetuity. From Babe Ruth’s bats and Hank Aaron’s uniform to a ball from Bob Feller’s 1940 no-hitter and Yogi Berra’s catcher’s mitt.

The Atlantic League has its own collection of artifacts that are permanently situated within the walls of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

As the Hall prepares for its next class of inductees, here’s a look at what items the Atlantic League has in the Hall.

 

Red and Blue Stitched Baseball

Pitcher D.J. Mitchell of Bridgeport began the Atlantic League’s 2015 All-Star Game on July 8 at Bridgeport, Conn. Harbor Yard and debuted the league’s new red and blue stitched baseball. The red and blue stitches were a throwback to those used on American League balls used through the 1933 season.

In all things we do,” Atlantic League president Rick White told Sporting News, “we’re trying to say, ‘How can we re-think the entire premise upon which we operate, yet not change the game?’ ”

While American League balls featured red and blue stitching in the early 20th century, National League baseballs utilized red and black stitches.  In 1934, the leagues each moved away from the auxiliary colors and went solely with red stitching.

Until the Atlantic League came along in 2015.

 



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