Pieces of Our Past: February Week 3
A Grip on Immortality: Little League Museum Displays Plaster Rendering of World Series-Winning Pitcher’s Hand
A cast of a pitcher’s hand holding a Little League World Series game ball is one of the more unusual artifacts found in the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum in Williamsport, Pa.
The plaster of paris hand is a true-to-life representation of the grip used by Caleb Duhay, winning pitcher in the 2008 Little League Baseball World Series Championship Game won by the West Region Champions from Waipahu, Hawaii. Wiapio Little League defeated Matamoras, Mexico, 12-3, on Aug. 24, 2008.
“Today, I felt really confident and had all my pitches,” Duhay said following the World Championship game. Duhay held a Mexico team that had batted .393 in its first five games to six hits and three runs. He struck out seven in 5 1/3 innings.
Adam P. Thompson, Little League museum curator, sat with Duhay for 10 minutes as the mold was cast. “He was very patient and understanding considering what he had to do,” Mr. Thompson said.
After the mold was set, Mr. Thompson filled it with plaster of paris and hours later, Duhay’s hand was immortalized. Unfortunately, the team returned to Hawaii before Duhay had the opportunity to autograph the ball. His signature, however, is on a ball signed by the entire team that is currently on display in the museum.
It was the first time the World Series-winning pitcher had his hand cast for the museum.
This research was made possible through a General Operating Support Grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
The Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum is on the Little League complex adjacent to the Peter J. Lamade Stadium where the championship series games are played.
The Museum, 525 Route 15 Highway, just south of Williamsport, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and by group appointment from Labor Day through Memorial Day. Its summer season begins after Memorial Day and the Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through June 31. From July 1 through Labor Day, the Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and noon to 5 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 Days.
For more information, call the museum at (570) 326-3607; or visit http://www.LittleLeague.org/Learn_More/museum.htm.