LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers on Wednesday announced the creation of a pop-up museum at Dodger Stadium that will open to the public beginning on Friday.
The pop-up museum will be located in the team store in the left field reserve level.
Among the items featured in this offseason exhibit include 51 photos from the National Baseball Hall of Fame Picturing America’s Pastime exhibit, several items on loan from memorabilia collector Gary Cypres, as well as items from the Dodgers historical collections and items on loan from former Dodgers.
The items on display include:
- A baseball signed by the 1953 National League All-Star team
- Shawn Green’s broken bat
- Mike Piazza’s catcher’s equipment
- Fernando Valenzuela’s 1981 NL Cy Young award
- Vin Scully items
- Game-used bats
- A display honoring Corey Seager (2016 NL Rookie of the Year), Dave Roberts (2016 NL Manager of the Year) and Clayton Kershaw (2014 MVP and Cy Young Award Winner)
Hopefully this eventually leads to some sort of permanent museum at Dodger Stadium that honors the history of the franchise. While limiting retired numbers to only Hall of Famers (and Jim Gilliam), an awful lot of the club’s history is underappreciated.
Gil Hodges was exceptional, The Infield was a fixture for nearly a decade, Valenzuela was an absolute phenomenon, and Orel Hershiser had the scoreless streak. Reggie Smith and Pedro Guerrero were arguably the two best hitters in LA Dodgers history, and Eric Karros leads all LA Dodgers in home runs.
Who wouldn’t want to see a permanent homage to those players, and many more, at Dodger Stadium? There could be more on every award winner in franchise history, every All-Star, every no-hitter, every cycle, and countless other memories. The 4+1 Game probably needs its own display, as does Kirk Gibson’s home run, and Roy Campannella night at The Coliseum.
So I hope this pop-up museum does well, and spurs the creation of a more permanent fixture.
This pop-up museum will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the following dates, through spring training:
Admission is $10.