Yesterday, in an attempt to avoid studying for finals, I took a journey to the San Diego Hall of Champions in Balboa Park.
I naturally spent most of my time there in the Baseball section. The reason I took the journey was to delve into Ted Williams. The Williams display was much smaller than I had anticipated. However to my plesant surprise his two MVP’s and congressional medal of honor were on display. Accompanying those awards were a Uniform, a few signed baseballs, and magazines with Williams’ picture on the cover. Most impressively was the video narrating his accomplishments. To those who have studied Williams the facts included are… obvious, however seeing them with the accompanying footage is breathtaking. However I feel I know little more about Williams than I did before entering the museum.
Another exhibit of interest is the one on Tony Gwynn, which is adjacent to the Williams’ area. Here Gwynn’s many Silver Sluggers and Golden Gloves are on display along with various other artifacts.
There are many other fasinating pieces of history strewn about. Gaylord Perry’s Cy Young Award. A model of the old field where Williams used to play. Old home plates. Don Larson and David Wells autographed balls.
It looked as though they were going to construct a World Baseball Classic display, which would be very interesting.
The gift shop did not have the one gift I would have liked. A Ted Williams print to frame next to my Joe Dimaggio ones.
Overal it was a fun experience, but I’m not sure it was worth the 6 dollar student price.