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Call for local baseball memorabilia and artifacts

In 2020, the Dubuque County Historical Society (DCHS) will pay homage to the area’s rich baseball history by creating a “mini-exhibit” at its National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium.

The mini-exhibit will primarily feature the early years of Minor League Baseball in Dubuque, beginning in 1879 when the Dubuque Red Stockings beat the World Champion Chicago White Stockings, 1-0. Charles Comiskey played right field for the Dubuque Red Stockings in that game. He would later go on to revolutionize the first base position, become the founding owner of the Chicago White Sox, and was the namesake for Chicago’s famous Comiskey Park.

Comiskey is just one of the many success stories born out of the Dubuque minor leagues. Countless major leaguers and Hall of Famers got their starts in Dubuque between 1879 and 1976, when the Dubuque Packers wrapped up their final season.

DCHS is now seeking memorabilia or artifacts for loan or donation for this mini-exhibit related to Dubuque baseball history. Examples include items related to:

  • Dubuque’s minor league teams (i.e. Rabbits, Red Stockings, Giants, Shamrocks, Dubs, Climbers, Hustlers, Ironmen, Speasmen, Tigers, Royals, Packers)
  • Fourth Street Baseball Field
  • Dubuque Athletic Field
  • Petrakis Park
  • Individual players on Dubuque teams, such as Joe McGinnity, Charles Comiskey (his time in Dubuque), John Petrakis, Red Faber, John Armstrong, Ted Sullivan, and others

Individuals interested in loaning or donating items are encouraged to contact Collections Manager & Registrar, Kristin Glomstad, at 563-557-9545 x310 or kglomstad@rivermuseum.com

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