Museum exhibit honors local baseball

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Pictured are a Prep League Mills Milk baseball jersey and a Cambridge town team jersey.

CAMBRIDGE — Cambridge and Dorchester County has a rich history in America’s favorite pastime — baseball. Just installed at the Heritage Museums and Gardens of Dorchester is an exhibit honoring this heritage.

From the 1920s through 1949, Cambridge played host to several professional Class D baseball teams. Photos on display include the Cambridge Canners from the 1920s, the Cambridge Cardinals from the late 1930s through the 1940s and the Cambridge Dodgers from 1946-1949.

There are many ways that baseball enriched Dorchester life. From the general population who attended games by the thousands to the area businesses and boarding houses that profited, baseball was a positive influence and experience in Cambridge for more than 50 years.

This exhibit, “Baseball in Cambridge” features photos of all of the Cambridge Class D baseball teams over the years and the people who made them possible. From Fred Lucas to Sheriff Robinson and Clarence Miles, viewers will learn the commitment of locals and “come heres” to baseball in the area.

Cambridge is the birthplace of two major league baseball World Champions – Jake Flowers in 1926 and 1931 with the St. Louis Cardinals and Troy Brohawn in 2001 with the Arizona Diamondbacks. On display are Brohawn’s game worn spikes and 3rd base from Game 5 of the 2001 World Series.

Also on display are hundreds of Dorchester baseball players waiting for visitors’ identifications. Other baseball photos would be welcomed into the exhibit and copies can be made for this purpose. This exhibit will be on display through October.

The Heritage Museums and Gardens of Dorchester is operated by the Dorchester County Historical Society and located at 1003 Greenway Drive in Cambridge. The exhibit was installed by new Board member Donnie Davidson. For more information call 410-228-7953 or email dchs@verizon.net.

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