Scottsdale Spring Training History Exhibit begins new homestand
May 20, 2011
Contact: Mike Phillips, public affairs manager, (480) 312-7825
Baseball exhibit begins new ‘homestand’
at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
The Scottsdale Spring Training History Exhibit is beginning a new “homestand” at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
The free exhibit features memorabilia from players and teams that have trained in the Cactus League, plus artifacts and history displays from the original Scottsdale Stadium.
The items are part of an exhibit that appeared in March at the Scottsdale Historical Museum. They will be on display in the art center’s Dayton Fowler Grafman Atrium through the July 12 Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Phoenix.
The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is located at 7380 E. Second St. and is open seven days a week. Call (480) 994-ARTS for hours or visit: www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org.
The baseball exhibit not only features items from the Scottsdale Historical Museum, but also from the collections of two Scottsdale restaurants synonymous with spring training -- The Pink Pony and Don and Charlie’s.
The exhibit is part of Scottsdale’s 60th anniversary celebration, which features 60 days of events. The fun culminates June 25 with a public birthday bash at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. For more information on 60th anniversary events, visit: www.Scottsdale60.com.
The Scottsdale baseball exhibit and the restaurants are part of the Cactus League Legacy Trail, a project to recognize and celebrate the rich history of Cactus League baseball.
Six memorabilia collections in Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe and Phoenix make up the trail.
In addition to the Scottsdale baseball exhibit now at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, the Legacy Trail exhibits include:
- Play Ball – The Cactus League Experience exhibit at the Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park, 1300 N. College Avenue, Tempe. The exhibit, presented in partnership with the Mesa Historical Museum, features historical items, photos and objects relating to the Cactus League you won’t see anywhere else in America! For more information, visit: http://www.playballexperience.com
- The spring training memorabilia collection at the new Pink Pony restaurant, 3831 N. Scottsdale Road. Hailed as the "the best baseball restaurant in the land" by New Yorker writer Roger Angell, the Pink Pony presents a unique exhibit dedicated to 60 years of Cactus League history. For more information, visit: www.pinkponyrestaurant.com.
- The sports memorabilia collection at Don and Charlie’s restaurant, 7501 E. Camelback Road. With walls brimming with jerseys, shoes and autographs, plus a display case filled with baseballs signed by Hall of Famers, Don and Charlie’s is a museum in its own right. For more information, visit: http://www.donandcharlies.com.
- Play Ball – The Cactus League Experience exhibit at the Arizona Museum for Youth in downtown Mesa at 35 N. Robson, features a youthful spin on the League’s history, plus some objects and photos not found in the Tempe show. For more information, visit http://www.playballexperience.com
- Play Ball – The Cactus League Experience exhibit at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport’s Terminal Four. Visitors arriving in the Valley get an introduction to the Cactus League through baseball art and items from the stadiums and communities that host spring training in Arizona. For more information, visit http://www.playballexperience.com
For a map of the Cactus League Legacy Trail and more information about the exhibits, visit: www.ExperienceScottsdale.com/LegacyTrail.