Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred Jr. announced that Davenport will be the first of six stops this year for a traveling Baseball Hall of Fame exhibit that will open at Modern Woodmen Park on July 3.
“It says a lot about Davenport and the Quad-Cities for baseball to choose our community as the starting point for a tremendous exhibit,” Mayor Frank Klipsch said. “What a great day for Davenport.”
Manfred made the announcement at the Field of Dreams movie site near Dyersville, along with Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz who was inducted in 2015.
Davenport is the first stop before the exhibit moves on to major league cities Kansas City, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, St. Louis and also Las Vegas this year. The exhibit, titled “We are Baseball,” will be in Davenport from July 3 to July 10.
“This has been in the works for several years,” Manfred said at the announcement. “The idea of taking a baseball shrine — Cooperstown — and making it mobile is a great idea.”
The tour is expected to combine technology with artifacts of the game. Many of the game’s most iconic artifacts will be with the Tour, including the bat used by Bobby Thomson to hit the walk-off home run in the 1951 regular season playoff, the glove worn by Willie Mays when he made the famous catch in Game One of the 1954 World Series, the trophy given to Ty Cobb in 1911 for leading the league in hitting with a .420 batting average and the jersey worn by Roberto Clemente during his final season in 1972.
Tickets are available on the tour’s website, HallofFametour.com.