Pieces of Our Past: February Week 2
Throwback: Antique Baseball has Links to Sport’s Early Years
Many of the baseballs housed in the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum collection have interesting stories. Some are game balls from past World Series, while some are autographed by some of the greats of the game. However, one baseball may have one of the most interesting stories of all.
In 1979, Little League Baseball and Softball was presented with a baseball believed to be used during the Civil War era. The antique baseball was last used in a professional game played in 1868. According to news articles, the ball was originally owned by William Wilson of Jerome, Iowa.
Mr. Wilson had the baseball in his possession for nearly 70 years. During this time, Mr. Wilson’s maid used the baseball as part of her equipment for “darning” socks.
Mr. Wilson gave the baseball to the Rev. K. H. Krenmyre in the 1940s. Rev. Krenmyre eventually passed the ball on to his son, Louis Krenmyre of Sunnyvale, Calif. Louis Krenmyre donated the baseball to the Metro Little League of Sunnyvale.
The baseball is believed to be one of the oldest baseballs in existence. Unlike the baseballs of today, the baseball was made of brown leather and the seams of the ball form an “X”
The baseball was on display when the Little League Museum was opened in 1982, but it is now only shown during special tours and events.
The Museum is located at 525 Route 15 Highway, just south of Williamsport, and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and by group appointment from Labor Day through Memorial Day. Its hours are extended during the summer season. 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