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The Capital Region has a long baseball history that dates back to before the Civil War. Check out historian David Pietrusza's Capital Region baseball timeline.

The National Base Ball Club of Albany was formed in 1864 -- and in 1865 it played three games on ice skates.

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The Troy Haymakers were part of the first professional baseball league.

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The Schenectady Mohawk Colored Giants were an independent professional team during the first four decades of the 20th century. / photo: Museum of Innovation and Science, General Electric Archives

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Frank Wickware was a star pitcher for Mohawk Giants during their early years. He apparently had a devastating curveball.

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Hawkins Stadium once stood on Broadway in Menands on the site of what is now a building that houses state offices and a strip mall. It was home to the Albany Senators, who played in the minor leagues. Here's a big photo set. / photo: Museum of Innovation and Science, General Electric Archives

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The Yankees -- with Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig -- played the Senators at the stadium. That's Albany mayor George Thacher with the two all-time greats.

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The local portion of the exhibit includes items from Meldon "Mellie" Wolfgang,/a>, an Albany native who pitched for the Chicago White Sox during the 1910s. (He left the team before the infamous scandal of 1919.)

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It's fun looking at some of the old memorabilia and graphic design.

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A large part of the traveling exhibit "Baseball: America’s Game," from a Bank of America collection. It includes historical photos of many of the game's greats.

"Triple Play!" at the Albany Institute

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Hawkins Stadium in Menands was the home of the Albany Senators.

Despite out evidence outside to the contrary, it won't be long until spring arrives. (It's true. We checked a calendar.) And along with spring will come baseball.

The Albany Institute is getting an early start on the season (both of them) with a new exhibit called "Triple Play!" It includes a bunch of historical baseball photos, memorabilia, and items from the major leagues and the Capital Region's own rich baseball history.

The exhibit opens this Friday night, February 6. We got a look earlier this week. Here's a quick trip around the bases...

Photo tour

There are a bunch of photos above in large format from the exhibit -- click or scroll all the way up.

(Curators were still setting up the exhibit so some things were arranged yet as they will be during the display.)

About the exhibit

Blurbage for "Triple Play!":

The centerpiece is Baseball: America's Game, organized by the Bank of America's Art in our Communities program. It is a traveling exhibition from Bank of America's baseball collection. This multimedia exhibition features more than ninety historic photographs, illustrations, baseball artifacts, and audio/video installations from the past one hundred years that bring to life the history of this American sport. It is complemented by two community-supported exhibitions, Play Ball! Baseball in the Capital Region and The Clubhouse: Baseball Memorabilia. Play Ball! explores the area's rich history of baseball. Almost one hundred historic objects and images highlight Capital Region baseball from the 1860s to the present. The Clubhouse includes rare objects and well-cherished pieces of memorabilia collected by community members.

The exhibit will be on display through July 26.

Events

Among the events associated with "Triple Play":

+ John Thorn, official baseball historian of Major League Baseball, will be at the Albany Institute this Sunday, February 8 for a talk. Tickets are $10.

+ Janet Marie Smith -- an LA Dodgers exec who's been involved with the building/restoration of a bunch of ballparks, including Camden Yards -- will be at the museum February 22 for a talk about stadiums. It's free with museum admission.

The Albany Institute advertises on AOA.

Comments

pretty excited for this!

I donated that Albany Senators 1949 yearbook to the Institute for this exhibit. Nice.

Love the old pictures! So cool that there was an amusement park behind the stadium! I wonder what became of the coasters that were there.

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