Sliding Baseball Across Williamstown
Our newest exhibit is titled "Sliding Baseball Across Williamstown", the exhibit is in the Williamstown Historical Museum and is open Saturdays from 10-4 PM running through the the summer. The purpose of the exhibit it not only to show the rich history of baseball in the Berkshires but just how much Williamstown has contributed to this story. From one of the first black players in professional baseball (Frank Grant) who has been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame to 5 other major league players who were born or brought up in Williamstown. One of the players was Bob Pettit who in 1889 as a member of the Chicago White Stockings traveled with his teammates on Albert Spalding's "Baseball Exhibition" around the world. There were eight others who played minor league baseball and another one who today is a major league umpire. The history does not stop there as we look at Williams College starting from its participation in the first collegiate game in the United States that took place in Pittsfield in 1859 against Amherst College to its rich history not only on the diamond but in graduating some big names in the sport like the former commissioner of baseball Fay Vincent and the late George Steinbrenner. The history also spans the players, coaches and the Little Leagues, American Legion and Town Teams from Williamstown and of course, from Williamstown High School that now is Mount Greylock Regional High School. But we would be remiss if we didn't mention the Clark "connection" as Sterling Clark from "The Clark" is the brother of Stephen Clark who brought to Cooperstown the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
The Williamstown Historical Museum is located at 32 New Ashford Road (Route 7). If you are traveling from the south it is on your right just after the Waubeeka Golf Links and just before the Five Corners. If you are traveling from the north the museum is on your left just after the Five Corners and just before Waubeeka Golf Links.
Come and enjoy!