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The Art of Baseball

The season's in full swing, and proof isn't just at the stadium. It's in the museums, too.


The Glory Days: New York Baseball, 1947–1957
The Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave., at 103rd St.; 212-534-1672
An awful lot happened during this Golden Era: Next Year finally came for the Dodgers, Bobby Thomson hit the "shot heard round the world," and Don Larsen pitched the only perfect game in Fall Classic history. Oh, yeah, and an astounding seven Subway Series. Memorabilia, film footage, and archival photographs take you back.

Baseball Cards from the Collection of Jefferson R. Burdick
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., at 82nd St.; 212-879-5500
There are thousands of cards in the Met's legendary collection—only a fraction of which are displayed at any one time—but the super-rare Honus Wagner T206 stands apart from the rest in terms of value. (One sold recently for $2.35 million.)

The Brooklyn Baseball Gallery
KeySpan Park, 1904 Surf Ave., at W. 19th St., Coney Island, Brooklyn; 212-449-8497
For the 60th anniversary of the breaking of the color barrier, the gallery unveils a baseball autographed by the entire '47 Dodgers squad—with Jackie Robinson's signature on the sweet spot.

Ultimate Subway Series
Madame Tussauds, 234 W. 42nd St., nr. Seventh Ave.; 800-246-8872
So what if the display's title is a bit hyperbolic? Wax replicas of Derek Jeter and David Wright excite extreme emotions from fans (and haters) of the Yankees and the Mets alike.

Times of Greatness
Shea Stadium, 123-01 Roosevelt Ave., nr. 126th St., Flushing; 718-507-6387
When this mobile museum dedicated to the Negro Leagues drops by Shea Stadium on August 10, now-forgotten local teams like the New York Cubans, the Newark Eagles, and the New York Black Yankees get some overdue attention.


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