The baseball season was in its home stretch when the events of September 11, 2001 occurred. The season was put on hold temporarily and, when it resumed, several baseball moments, particularly in New York, were notably symbolic and inspirational. Now the Baseball Hall of Fame will open an exhibit devoted to those events.
The centerpiece of the exhibit will be the Mike Piazza jersey he wore on Sept. 21, 2001, in the first game played in New York after the attacks. Piazza hit a famous home run in that game. The jersey was in limbo for years and was recently the subject of an auction and some acrimony between the Mets and Piazza, but now it’ll be on display. Also: a baseball found in the rubble of the World Trade Center, the NYPD hat worn by Mets manager Bobby Valentine and the FDNY hat worn by Mets pitcher John Franco in September and October.
The exhibit opens on June 19 and will be there for the rest of the year.