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Pieces of Our Past: December Week 2

Pieces of Our Past: December Week 2

World Champion Phillies Donate Items to Little League Museum


Mementos of the Philadelphia Phillies memorable march to the 2008 Major League Baseball World Series championship were donated to the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum by the Phillies organization.

The latest acquisitions are on display as part of “The Philadelphia Connection,” an exhibit that is on loan from the Phillies, the oldest continuous one-city MLB franchise. Initially, the exhibit was to close in September, but was extended at the request of the museum as the Phightin’ Phillies continued to win during the postseason.

The Phillies beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-1, winning Game 5 at Citizens Bank Park, 4-3. The fifth game of the Series was suspended after five-and-a-half innings and delayed by rain for two days.

Donated to the museum are a World Series T-shirt; champions cap; Fall Classic T-shirt; “Fightin’ Phils” rally towel and a 2008 World Series Program. The items compliment the photographs of current Phillies as adults and youth players; National League and Cy Young Award winners; Rookies of the Year trophies and Hall of Fame plaques.

Among the items on loan in the museum’s Showcase Room is a replica of the team’s 1980 World Series Championship trophy. There also is a Phillie Phanatic. Part of the team’s tradition is the Phanatic, who burst upon the scene in 1978. The Phanatic attended ceremonies at the museum when it opened in 1982 and participated in the Little League World Series.

The new items include a grey T-shirt featuring the 2008 World Series logo with the Phillies “P” and the words “World Series Champions.”

There also is a black cap that the team received after winning the championship. The cap commemorates the milestone of the Phillies winning their first World Series since 1980. The authentic 2008 World Series champions cap bears the Major League Baseball and Phillies logos in addition to the words “World Series Champions 2008.”

The Official Major League Baseball World Series Program for 2008 is among the items added to the museum’s collection. The program contains more than 270 pages of comprehensive Fall Classic coverage. It includes the history of the World Series and features stories. It has the full rosters for the Philadelphia Phillies and Tampa Bay Rays and insights into the game's biggest stars.

The white and red “Fightin’ Phils” rally towels were given to spectators attending World Series games three, four and five at the Philadelphia ballpark.

Also donated is a Fall Classic T-shirt bearing the “World Series 2008 logo” and a picture of a jersey and batting helmets featuring the Rays and Phillies logos.

The exhibit is scheduled to close on Jan. 6, 2009.

The Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum, 525 Route 15 Highway, just south of Williamsport, is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday from Memorial Day through Labor Day. After Labor Day in September, the hours change to 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m., on Sunday. The facility is accessible to the disabled.

Rates are $5 for adults; $3 for those 62 and older; $1.50 for children between the ages of 5 and 13. There is no fee for children 4 or younger. Group rates and tours are available. The museum also offers birthday parties and after-hours facility rentals.

The museum is closed on Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

For more information, call the museum at (570) 326-3607; or visit http://www.LittleLeague.org/Learn_More/museum.htm.