Sports in Rockland

Sports - Brooklyn Dodgers at Bear Mtn
March 09, 2008 —October 12, 2008

The Histoical Society of Rockland County Presents

Sports in Rockland County
100 Years of Cheers

When: March 9–October 12, 2008
HSRC History Center, 20 Zukor Road, New City

Co-curated by HSRC Curator of Collections Jessica Kuhnen and Curator of Education Gretchen Weerheim, the exhibition included:

  • Team jerseys from John Flaherty, former New York Yankee player and current announcer—one from his Yankee days, one from the Red Sox and Tampa Bay
  • Training gloves used by the boxer Max Schmeling, who fought Joe Louis
  • Track and field equipment and awards of Joe St. Lawrence
  • Rare photographs of Babe Ruth playing baseball in Nyack in 1920
  • Images of the Brooklyn Dodgers and ski jumpers at Bear Mountain
  • Rare photos of baseball teams from 1886 and 1890
  • Special Olympics memorabilia
Also on display are items associated with Olumpig athletes, including:
  • Charles "Jumbo" Strack, a wrestler who later turned pro
  • Elizabeth "Pat" Ryan, who at 13 went to the Berlin Olympics for swimming
  • Alternate Eugene "Gene" Erickson, an ice hockey player who was active until his seventies

Visitors were invited to write down their special sports memories, which were posted on the wall in the exhibition's Sports Memories Corner and have been archived as part of Rockland's preservation of local memories.


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