Final Weeks to View The Old Ball Game at The Met


Players from New York City baseball teams—the New York Metropolitans, Brooklyn Bridegrooms, Giants, Dodgers, Yankees, and Mets—are featured in this display of nearly 400 trade cards from The Met collection. Among the highlights are never-before-shown cabinet cards of the late 19th century, such as an 1894 example picturing George Davis, the Hall-of-Famer shortstop for the New York Giants. The first six hitters in the Yankees' famed 1927 lineup—Earle Combs, Mark Koenig, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Bob Meusel, and Tony Lazzeri, also known as "Murderers' Row"—are represented through cards published in the 1920s and 1930s by the American Caramel Company and Big League Goudey Gum, respectively. The legendary "Shot Heard 'Round the World," in which outfielder Bobby Thomson led the New York Giants to win the National League pennant against the team's long-time rivals, the Brooklyn Dodgers, with his game-winning home run in 1951, is recognized through 1952 Picture Cards issued by Bowman Gum. Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Jackie Robinson, Reggie Jackson, and other major stars are depicted in cards published in the 1950s through 1970s.