Etcetera 18.

The Sports Museum of Los Angeles is on Main Street.

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You don’t walk through a turnstile but there are turnstiles on display.

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On the side of this Dodgers equipment trunk it says BROOKLYN BASE BALL CLUB.

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Here are three bricks from Ebbets Field and one brick from Comiskey Park.

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Vin Scully wrote in a 1957 issue of Sport, “Tokyo was thick with rain and mist when we came in.”

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It used to be popular to play baseball on ice, with a soft red ball.

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In this corner, a little peanut cart of the 1890s.

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Over here the era of the wooden ballparks, over there the era of the steel and concrete ballparks.

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A pair of green chairs from the Polo Grounds. Don’t sit.

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Outside this windowless fluorescent chamber, the Blue Line honks and whishes down Washington Boulevard.

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What a beautiful N.Y. Yankees canvas duffel.

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“Luckies are the surest ‘hole-in-one’ in the smoke world. They’re mild.

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Flat bats, mushroom bats, bottle bats. Even the salesman’s sample bats, which are miniature bats.

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That isn’t a bat, junior. It’s a pitching mound thumper.

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How did basketball begin? Find out in this room.

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A wrecking ball painted like a baseball — a mystery.

 

 

The Sports Museum of Los Angeles is located at 1900 S. Main Street, and is open to the public Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

 

Written By

Joshua Baldwin is an editor at Eephus. He is the author of The Wilshire Sun, a novella. His writing has appeared in The Paris Review, n+1, The Brooklyn Rail, Chicago Review, Prelude, and elsewhere. He lives in Los Angeles. Reach him at josh@eephusmag.com.

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