PITTSBURGH - As the Pittsburgh Pirates are opening their most anticipated season in more than 20 years, the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum at the Senator John Heinz History Center unveiled artifacts from one of the greatest moments in sports history - Bill Mazeroski's ninth inning home run that beat the New York Yankees in Game 7 of the 1960 World Series.
On loan from the Tull Family Collection, Mazeroski's iconic Game 7 uniform and bat, which have never been on display locally with the exception of a short stint at PNC Park last September, will be on view at the Sports Museum throughout the first month of the Pirates' season, beginning this week through May 1.
"We are thrilled that Pirates fans and visitors to the Heinz History Center will have an opportunity to see these important artifacts from the 1960 World Series," said Thomas Tull, chairman and chief executive officer of Legendary Entertainment and part of the Steelers ownership group. "With the excitement surrounding the current Pirates team, we felt the time was right to loan these objects to the history center and hopefully educate a new generation of Pirates fans about this incredible moment in sports history."
The Pittsburgh Pirates 1960 World Series win is explored during a new exhibit featuring Bill Mazeroski’s bat and jersey at the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum at the Senator John Heinz History Center. - Contributed
Mazeroski's Pirates uniform and bronzed 35-inch Louisville Slugger bat will be accompanied by several 1960 World Series items from the Sports Museum's collection, including the pitching rubber from which New York Yankees pitcher Ralph Terry served up the historic round tripper to Maz, as well as the first base he touched before rumbling toward home plate alongside a crowd of jubilant Pirates fans at Forbes Field.
Also featured alongside the World Series artifacts is Dick Groat's jersey from his 1960 Most Valuable Player season and a life-like museum figure of Mazeroski hitting the legendary home run.
Visitors to the 20,000 square-foot, two-floor Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum can see additional items from Pittsburgh's storied baseball past, including game-used jerseys and equipment from Pirates Hall of Famers such as Honus Wagner, Roberto Clemente and Willie Stargell.
The Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum is included with regular admission to the Heinz History Center: $15 for adults; $13 for seniors; $6 for students and children age 6-17; and free for children age 5 and younger. For information, visit www.heinzhistorycenter.org.
The Senator John Heinz History Center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and the largest history museum in Pennsylvania, presents American history with a Western Pennsylvania connection. The Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum is a museum within a museum, comprehensively presenting the region's remarkable sports story through hundreds of artifacts and interactive experiences for visitors of all ages.
The History Center and Sports Museum are at 1212 Smallman St. in the city's Strip District and are open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The History Center's museum system includes the Sports Museum; the Fort Pitt Museum in historic Point State Park; and Meadowcroft Rockshelter & Historic Village, a National Historic Landmark located in Avella, in Washington County. For information, go to www.heinzhistorycenter.org.