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Imagining Baseball

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Ever imagine what it would be like to play Major League baseball? Manage a Major League team? Or call a Phillies game from the booth? You’re not alone. Baseball fans of all ages have been imagining themselves in America’s greatest game since the 19th century. Board games, action and simulation games, and eventually Fantasy Baseball have all satisfied the desire to feel a part of the For over a century these games have come in many shapes and sizes—from lushly-illustrated board games to metal pocket games no bigger than a dreidel. They reflect baseball’s greatest historical moments and characters, and, at the same time, the essential timelessness of our national pastime.

I am excited to announce that the Museum will be showing a selection of these baseball home games, collected by Philadelphia’s own Dr. Mark Cooper, as a taste of a special exhibition opening next March called Chasing Dreams, which will explore and celebrate what baseball has meant to Jews and other minority communities in America. This summer we also welcome the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) conference to Philadelphia—stop by and check out “Imagining Baseball” on the Museum’s first floor, which is open free of charge every day that we are open to the public.


The games will be on view through this year’s World Series.We’re also looking for YOUR treasured baseball memorabilia to help tell this national story. Do you have baseball memorabilia you would like to offer to Chasing Dreams? Share it with us at

Contributed by Ivy Weingram, Associate Curator

Here's my unique thought. I wrote a Jewish "Casey at the Bat", "Chaim's Turn at Bat". I'll be happy to share it with you.
Posted by: Michael Brandt at 9/3/2013 5:34 AM

I would like to loan you one of the original art pieces showing all the current and former jewish baseball players and originally signed by all. Let me know if interested. Greg Harris
Posted by: Greg Harris( Visit ) at 9/10/2013 10:55 AM

We are members of the Museum & my husband owns a 1951 NY Giants baseball signed by team members. Interested in exhibiting it? Happy to lend it.

It was previously part of "Glory Days" exhibition at the Museum of the City of NY.
Posted by: Rabbi Shelley Kovar Becker at 9/17/2013 8:48 AM

My father played semi-pro baseball with The House of David. My sister and I have a baseball and some photos that might be of interest.
Posted by: andrea porreca at 10/10/2013 7:18 PM

Board games, action and simulation games, and eventually Fantasy Baseball have all satisfied the desire to feel a part of the game.
Posted by: Virtus( Visit ) at 8/10/2016 11:58 AM

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