The distinctive red-and-blue-stitched official baseball used by the Atlantic League has been added to the permanent collection at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York.
In addition, the ball is currently on display as part of the “This Year in Baseball” exhibition.
“It is an incredible honor to have a piece of league and professional baseball history as part of the Hall of Fame’s collection,” Atlantic League President Rick White said. “We are profoundly appreciative of the Hall’s consideration and encourage all of our fans to pay a visit to Cooperstown.”
The baseball represents the first artifact from the Atlantic League to be placed in the Hall of Fame. It was debuted on July 8, 2015, at the league’s 18th annual All-Star Game, held at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Bridgeport Bluefish pitcher D.J. Mitchell, who was representing the Liberty Division, delivered the ball to York Revolution outfielder Brandon Boggs before the ball was removed from play.
The Atlantic League adopted the red-and-blue-stitched baseball as a way to honor baseball’s heritage as America’s pastime. The baseballs are a tribute to the original baseballs used by the American League until 1934, when Major League Baseball adopted red-stitched baseballs in both leagues.
Each baseball is created by Rawlings Sporting Goods, the Atlantic League’s official supplier of baseballs since its founding in 1998. They represent a first in the game’s modern era, as each of league’s eight teams’ baseballs bear the unique signature of their club director along with that of White. They are now used league-wide during all regular-season and postseason games and are available for fans to purchase in all team stores.