Through photographs and artifacts from The History Center’s collection—as well as loaned objects—visitors to The Old Ball Game exhibit will encounter over 150 years of baseball history. From the first teams organized in Marion to the Manufacturer & Jobbers League, which included teams from Quaker Oates, Collins Radio, and Iowa Manufacturing, to the evolution of minor league baseball in Cedar Rapids, The Old Ball Game examines the game from a variety of perspectives.
The exhibit includes a baseball signed by former Major League player and Linn County native Dick Rozek, who pitched for the Cleveland Indians and Philadelphia Athletics in the early 1950s. Visitors will be able to sit in seats from the original Veterans Memorial Stadium. The exhibit will reveal the ups and downs of early baseball and the growth of the game in Linn County right up to the present.