Detroit Institute of Arts celebrates its baseball champions

Detroit Institute of Arts

‘The Ball Players,’ 1871, William Morris Hunt, American; oil on canvas. Detroit Institute of Arts

DETROIT (AP) – The Detroit Institute of Arts is back with another baseball exhibition that includes collectibles, art and objects commemorating two championship teams in the Motor City.

“Play Ball! Transforming the Game, 1876-2019” allows visitors to explore the history of baseball. It’s the second round of the “Play Ball!” exhibition series and is scheduled to be on view through Sep. 15.

This year’s exhibit celebrates the championships of the 1887 Detroit Wolverines and the 1984 World Series champion Detroit Tigers. The first round of the exhibit was on display last year.

The exhibit also traces the evolution of baseball cards from vending machine and candy cards of the 1920s through the cards of the mid-century to the present. Other highlights include William Morris Hunt’s 1877 painting, The Ball Players, from the museum’s permanent collection.

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