Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Sports Museum of New England

Right in their own backyard, Boston sports fans are able to sample what Cooperstown, Springfield, Canton and Toronto all have to offer. The Sports Museum of New England, located in the 5th and 6th levels of the T.D. Banknorth garden, is like an art museum in Paris, it just makes sense.

The museum holds a wide array of exhibits highlighting the depth of Boston sports. Sure, it has Patriots and Celtics memorabilia, but it also has exhibits featuring the Boston Redskins and the Boston Braves. Both these two franchises no longer identify themselves with the city, but are part of its rich history. The museum has over 120 pieces on display, everything from antique equipment and uniforms to game programs and rare photographs. It doesn’t matter what your interests are this place will have you covered. If you like Ted Williams, they have a special display just for him that rivals his case at Cooperstown. If you’re into college sports, the museum boasts a wide range of Beanpot and Harvard-Yale rivalry memorabilia. If you’re into near- death experiences, the museum has the baseball that ended Tony Conigliaro’s career and almost killed him. There really is something for everyone. Unless of course, you only like life-size Japanese female robots, then maybe there isn’t anything there for you.

This is definitely a great place to bring a friend or family member from out of town. It’s also the perfect place to bring any child who is just starting to get into sports. It will give them a nice foundation on the history of different games and help them appreciate it more as their interest grows. And any father will agree that explaining to their son who Yaz was is a lot less awkward than explaining to him what they’re talking about in the “Yaz” commercial. A museum like this is certainly a great concept. Especially in times like these when Red Sox fan base is increasing, but baseball knowledge is sharply decreasing. So, grab your “pink hat” friend and take them to this affordable history lesson that’s only a train ride away.

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