Our family has wanted to visit the Cubs vs. Cardinals – The Rivalry exhibit at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum all season but we finally found the time this weekend. We had planned our trip for yesterday, but a lady we went to church with passed away last week and her funeral was yesterday. The irony of visiting this exhibit on the last day of the Cardinals’ 2017 season with the Cubs going on to the playoffs and the Cardinals going home was not lost on me.
This was not our first trip to the ALPM, but we hadn’t been to the museum in several years. We went to the desk to purchase our tickets and paid the extra $3/ticket so we could visit the “Lincoln: From History to Hollywood” exhibit with props, costumes, and sets from the Steven Spielberg Lincoln movie.
The Cubs-Cards exhibit room was the second room on the left as we entered the museum. There were two boxes on either side of the doorway to the room, one for Cardinals fans and one for Cubs fans. You were to put money in the boxes to vote for your favorite team. The money will go to the museum to continue its preservation work. Here’s a photo of the Cards version of Abe, which appeared to have more money in the box that the Cubs’ box:
We got to the museum around 9:30 AM, so we were the only ones in the exhibit. There was a docent sitting by the door and we chatted for a moment. I told her about this blog and that I was visiting today for the express purpose for writing about the exhibit. I gave her one of my cards with the URL of this blog on it. We then started looking at all of the exhibits.
The first thing you was as you walked into the exhibit is shown above. All around the room was a timeline from when each team was founded to the present day. There were various trivia tidbits about both teams on the timeline, marked by a green home plate. Did you know the Cubs once tried to use live bear cubs as a mascot? It didn’t work out very well.
I will post photos and descriptions of some of the exhibits. (If I posted photos and descriptions, you wouldn’t have to go see it in person!) The above photo is an interesting exhibit. in 1908, Mordecai Brown (a/k/a “Three Fingers”) had a watch fob made of his World Series and LCS pendants.
This is Grover Cleveland Alexander’s 1926 World Series ring, on loan from the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum.
There were 4 small trivia screens located throughout the exhibit where you could test your knowledge of Cardinals and/or Cubs trivia. I am proud to report that I only got one Cardinals trivia question wrong.
This is a lovely quilt with the names of the players of the 1928 Cardinals embroidered on it. That’s my hubby on the right.
There was an exhibit of the women who once were in the front office of the Cardinals and the Cubs. The Cardinals’ representative on this exhibit was Helene Robison Britton, who I covered in a blog post here.
Here is the ball from Stan Musial’s 3000th hit, on loan from the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum.
Here is Marty Marion’s 1948 National League Most Valuable Player plaque.
And here is Bob Gibson’s 1968 Cy Young Award.
Cardinals fans who were alive in the 1970s should remember this well: it’s the stolen base from when Lou Brock broke the stolen base record in 1974.
There was an exhibit where you could write your favorite baseball memories on a Post-It note and stick it on the exhibit.
Here is an exhibit about Cardinals broadcasters.
No Cards-Cubs exhibit would be complete without an exhibit on the home run chase that took place in 1998.
Here’s Yadier Molina’s catcher’s mask from 2006.
How many of these players/coaches do you remember from the 2011 World Series Champions? How many are still with the team?
This was the last exhibit you saw before you exited the exhibit room. We’re awfully glad you’re a Cardinal too, Mr. Schoendiest.
I wrote a blog post about the history of the Cards-Cubs rivalry and you can read it here. We were eating lunch at the Subway inside the museum and the docent from the exhibit approached us. She asked how we liked the exhibit and we told her we enjoyed it very much. She encouraged me to put the business card with this blog’s URL on the baseball memories board, so I did that before we left. If you’re here because you saw that card, welcome to the blog. I’m glad you’re here!
This wonderful exhibit (which ends on December 31, 2017), however, is not the only reason you should visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. This museum is well worth the price of admission. There are detailed exhibits and artifacts about Lincoln’s life and his time in the Oval Office. The wax figures are extremely lifelike. There are two great movies to watch as well. There is a Subway restaurant inside the museum, so you won’t even have to leave to eat lunch, although, with the wristbands, you can and come back later.
You could even make a weekend of visiting the many Lincoln exhibits in around Springfield. For more details on all of the Lincoln exhibits, visit the Springfield tourism website. Fron St. Louis, cross into Illinois on the Poplar Street Bridge or the Martin Luther King, Jr. Bridge and take Highway 55 north towards Chicago. You will exit Hwy. 55 at Sixth Street. Just follow the signs to the Museum. There is a pay parking garage cattycorner from the museum.
Thanks as always for reading! See you next time!