Trying to pick the five coolest things in the Columbus Clippers’ Hall of Fame Bar is like trying to pick your favorite Beatles song. It’s a daunting task for even the most informed baseball buff, like Columbus Clippers’ Historian Joe Santry. Though the list could easily be much longer, here are his top five must-sees for this season.
Derek Jeter’s Clippers jersey
Jeter played for us in 1994 and 1995, and I love having his Clippers jersey on display here. This year will be his last season, and he will probably be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Right now, 17 of our alumni are hall-of-famers, and it looks like we’ll have quite a few more inducted in the next five or so years.
Specialty/throwback jersey collection
Some of them are a little silly, but it’s all in good fun. The players loved the Hawaiian-print jerseys we had when Jimmy Buffett was in town, but they hated the tie-dyed Grateful Dead jerseys.
The Columbus Buckeyes major league team photo from 1884
It seems like every player on that year’s team did something great outside of baseball. The stand-out though was probably Ed “Dummy” Dundon; He was the first deaf player in the major leagues.
The photo of Jackie Price batting upside down
Apparently he used to hit the ball standing on his head to entertain his teammates. We have a picture of him doing it on the bar. The photo was taken around 1945, right after WWII. The photo is so extraordinary, it looks Photoshopped. I can assure you, it isn’t.
Terry Turner’s glove from 1900
Sports equipment has come a long way. Terry Turner’s glove from 1900 is on display in the memorabilia case. It’s about as thick as a glove you’d use for lawn work. Regardless, Turner caught some hits from Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb with it. Can you imagine how it would feel to catch a ball that fast with a glove that thin?
Photo by Meghan Ralston