Play Ball! The Art of Baseball at the Concord Museum

Opening Day Friday, April 17, 2015 – Sunday, September 20, 2015

(Concord, MA; March 5, 2015) Play Ball! The Art of Baseball at the Concord Museum opens to the public on Friday, April 17, 2015 through Sunday, September 20, 2015. The exhibition explores the many ways that artists have responded to what we fondly call “the national pastime.” The Art of Baseball features nearly 50 works of fine and folk art from a private collection. Boston Red Sox artifacts from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will also be on display. Ranging from fine art to folk art, the exhibition reflects many sides of baseball including the playing field, positions, equipment, uniforms, fans and larger issues of race and gender in the sport. Historian, Concord resident, and lifelong baseball fan, Doris Kearns Goodwin, is the Honorary Curator. The Art of Baseball celebrates baseball’s rich traditions, intergenerational connections, and all-American fun.

Drawn from The Gladstone Collection of Baseball Art, a private New York collection that has been gathered over the past forty years, the show features works by acclaimed American artists — including William Merritt Chase, Robert Rauschenberg, and William Zorach – as well as folk artists inspired by the sport.

Information/highres images: Emer McCourt or 617 962 5957

The Gladstone Collection of Baseball Art has been over forty years in the making and includes sculpture such as Baseball Player by the Lithuanian born American sculptor William Zorach. Iconic paintings such as Saturday Afternoon at Sportsman’s Park* by Edward Laning(1908-1981) are presented along with paintings such as Fastball* by Lou Grant and a Pillow Sham* depicting women in baseball. *Photographs by John Maggiotto.

A highlight for die-hard baseball fans is a Ted Williams glove from the 1946 season & World Series on loan from the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Also on loan from the National Baseball Hall of Fame are artifacts from the 2013 World Series when local fans will recall the Red Sox claimed the title in a tumultuous season finale. Other Red Sox Hall of Famers represented include Jim Rice with a bat used to hit his 301st Home Run.* Photograph by Milo Stewart Jr. at the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Lead Sponsor: Special thanks to:

Major Support: Yawkey Foundations

Additional Support: The Howes Insurance Group, Middlesex Savings Bank, Red Sox Foundation and Lowell Spinners, The Improper Bostonian

About the Concord Museum: The Concord Museum is where all of Concord’s remarkable past is brought to life through an inspiring collection of historical, literary and decorative arts treasures. Renowned for the 1775 Revere lantern and Henry Thoreau’s Walden desk, the Concord Museum is home to a nationally significant collection of American decorative arts, including clocks, furniture and silver. Founded in 1886, the Museum is a gateway to historic Concord for visitors from around the world and a vital cultural resource for the town and the region. Visit or call 978 369 9763.

Concord Museum Admission: Adults $10, Seniors & Students $8, Youth 6-18 $5, Under 6 FREE.

Hours: Monday – Saturday 9 – 5. Sunday 12 – 5 but open Sundays 9 – 5 this June, July & August

GPS: 53 Cambridge Turnpike, Concord, MA 01742

Play Ball! The Art of Baseball Programs & Events

Additional Programs and Events are in the planning process – visit us online at at or

Extra Innings sponsored by Middlesex Savings Bank

Thursdays, May 7, June 4, July 2, August 6, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Youth baseball and softball players, coaches, fans, and families are admitted FREE to the Concord Museum. Visit the exhibition, The Art of Baseball, and enjoy activities and tours. Team uniforms encouraged! On June 4 at 6 pm meet Matt Tavares – award-winning children’s author & illustrator and check out his latest book Growing Up Pedro follows the early life and baseball career of Red Sox pitching legend Pedro Martinez.

The Art of Baseball: Concord Museum with The Umbrella Community Arts Center

Thursdays, April 16 – May 28, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

In collaboration with The Umbrella Community Arts Center, the Concord Museum presents a six-week drawing course that focuses on the Concord Museum exhibition, The Art of Baseball. Students will compose drawings from the collection while covering classical techniques such as sfumato, chiaroscuro, and work on tinted paper.

For more information, contact The Umbrella Community Arts Center at 978 3710820 x202 or the Concord Museum at 978 369 9763 x 216

The Art of Baseball Vacation Week Crafts

Monday, April 20 through Friday, April 25 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Drop-in & make and take a baseball themed craft. Visit The Art of Baseball. Free with Concord Museum admission.

Information/highres images: Emer McCourt or 617 962 5957

Vintage Baseball Games

Saturday, May 2, 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. & Saturday, July 18, 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Lowell Base Ball Club (1877-78) faces the Lynn Live Oaks in doubleheader vintage baseball games played by 19th-century rules.

FREE Location: Emerson Playground Concord, MA 01742 weather permitting. Bring a blanket or lawn chair for seating.

Bloomer Girls, Dolly Vardens, Silver Bullets, and Slaterettes: Women in Baseball

Saturday, May 9, 11:00 a.m at the Concord Museum

Baseball was long thought to be too dangerous and too strenuous for the “delicate female constitution”. However, women have a long history in the sport. Baseball historian and museum interpreter Jay Hurd will discuss remarkable stories of women in baseball, from the past into the present.

Sports Memorabilia Appraisal Day with Leila Dunbar

Saturday, May 30, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Have you wondered if your prized baseball card is worth a small fortune? Whether your autographed ball should be preserved on a shelf rather than tossed around the yard? Bring your special sports-related items to the Concord Museum for a verbal appraisal with Leila Dunbar, longtime Antiques Roadshow appraiser and former Sotheby’s Director of Collectibles. Dunbar handled the sales of Babe Ruth’s 1923 Yankee Stadium Opening Day Home Run Bat ($1.25 Million), Original Rules of Basketball ($4.4 Million) as well as having appraised Bobby Orr’s personal collection of Bruins memorabilia (priceless!).

$20 for one item – a limit of 2 items per person. Space is limited. All proceeds benefit the Concord Museum. Pre-registration is required online or by calling 978 369 9763 x 216.

Please arrive with an item you can carry by 10:00 a.m.; items and appraisals will be presented to the entire audience. If you bring a collection of cards, time may not allow a valuation for the group. Good quality photos should be substituted for large or particularly fragile items.

Information/highres images: Emer McCourt or 617 962 5957

Baseball in Boston before the Red Sox

Saturday, June 20 at 2 pm $10 per person ($5 Concord Museum Members) Reservations Required by calling 978 369 9763 or online at

Lecture by Brian Sheehy, Captain of the Essex Base Ball Club. Discover base ball (two words in the 19th century) in Boston prior to our beloved Red Sox with baseball historian and vintage base ball player Brian Sheehy.

Father’s Day Beer & Baseball

Sunday, June 21 from 1;00 – 4:00 pm at the Concord Museum FREE

Bring Dad to the Concord Museum & enjoy a Beer Tasting with Battle Road Brewing Company from 1 – 4 pm & a Gallery Talk by Curator David Wood in The Art of Baseball at 2 pm.

A League of Their Own – Outdoor Movie Night on the Lawn at the Concord Museum

Thursday, June 25, 8:00 p.m. FREE (movie begins at 8:30 pm)

Bring the whole family to watch A League of Their Own under the stars on the lawn of the Concord Museum. First in a series of outdoor movies – more details to follow. Bring a blanket or lawn chair; refreshments will be available for purchase.

Baseball Trivia Night by Stump! Trivia

Wednesday, July 15 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Sports trivia (with plenty of baseball) provided by Stump! Trivia, music, refreshments, and fun!

Information/highres images: Emer McCourt or 617 962 5957

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