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Babe Ruth & Hidden Histories of St. Pete
Date:  7/25/2016
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Babe Ruth’s Great-Grandson Visits St. Petersburg Museum of History Friday Before Throwing 1st Pitch at Rays-Yankees

Brent Stevens to donate autographed baseball from the surviving family of the legendary slugger whose longest home run smash was recorded in St. Petersburg
 
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – A very special addition gets donated to the world’s largest collection of autographed baseballs at the St. Petersburg Museum of History at 2 PM Friday, July 29, when Babe Ruth’s great-grandson Brent Stevens donates a signed baseball from his family to the “Schrader’s Little Cooperstown” exhibition.

Stevens’ visit coincides with Friday’s 2 PM book signing by local historian and author Will Michaels, whose new book Hidden History of St. Petersburg chronicles multiple chapters about Babe Ruth’s adventures in St. Petersburg during spring training in the 1920s and 1930s. It’s documented that Ruth crushed a home run more than 600 feet at the site of the current Al Lang Stadium -- baseball’s longest hit ever.
 
Stevens, a resident of Atlanta, is also scheduled to throw out the first pitch at Friday night’s Rays-Yankees game at Tropicana Field. His autographed ball will add to the museum’s “Schrader’s Little Cooperstown” collection, featuring nearly 5,000 autographed baseballs, the most of any baseball collection in the world.

“Babe’s daughter visited a couple years ago, and now to have his great-grandson explore the exhibit only adds to the historic value of this amazing exhibit,” said Rui Farias, Executive Director. “Coupled with the book debut of Will Michael’s Hidden History of St. Petersburg, it should be another historic day in St. Pete.”

WHAT: Babe Ruth’s great-grandson Brent Stevens donates ball from his family to St. Petersburg Museum of History & book signing by Will Michaels for Hidden History of St. Petersburg

WHEN: 2 PM Friday, July 29

WHERE: St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 2nd Avenue NE

ABOUT:
Sharing the Sunshine City’s stories for nearly a Century, the St. Petersburg Museum of History is Pinellas County’s oldest museum and home to more than 30,000 artifacts and archives in its collection. Located along the scenic and historic downtown waterfront, the St. Petersburg Museum of History hosts year-round temporary exhibitions such as Experience Cuba, and is also home to permanent exhibitions such as the world’s largest collection of autographed baseballs, “Schrader’s Little Cooperstown”, and Flight One Gallery, where guests can explore the world’s first airliner and the birth of commercial aviation. The St. Petersburg Museum of History is open 362 days a year.

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