If you're looking for a way to kill some time between games at the College World Series, several locations in and around Omaha are featuring baseball-themed exhibits and events. Here's a sampling:
Baseball at Boys Town
A display showcasing the importance of baseball at Boys Town is on exhibition at the Boys Town Hall of History.
Look for autographed bats, balls and photographs of famous players, including Babe Ruth, Dizzy Dean and Johnny Bench.
Admission to view the exhibit is free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Sept. 30.
— Sue Story Truax
Negro Leagues photos in exhibit
The Great Plains Black History Museum will display two traveling exhibits — “Discover Greatness” and “Right on Time” — from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City. They will be on view at Conestoga Magnet Center, 21st and Burdette Street.
“Discover Greatness” features 90 framed photos of the players and personalities instrumental to the Negro Leagues. “Right on Time” chronicles the life of baseball legend Buck O'Neil.
Hours for the exhibits will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays through June 26. Admission to the exhibits is $5 for adults, $2 for children 12 and younger.
— Sue Story Truax
Durham celebrates Rosenblatt
During the College World Series, The Durham Museum will celebrate the history of Rosenblatt Stadium, home to the series from 1950 to 2010.
“Rosenblatt: The Final Inning,” a production of NET Television, will be shown in The Durham's Mutual of Omaha Theater. This documentary, produced and directed by NET's Sue Maryott, gives a history of the stadium from its glory years through 2010.
Screenings of the film are included with admission to the museum. Show times: Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m.; Monday and Tuesday, 1:30 p.m.; June 21, 22, 11:30 a.m.; June 24-26, 11:30 a.m.
On Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. a viewing of “Rosenblatt: The Final Inning” will be shown in the Stanley and Dorothy Truhlsen Lecture Hall, followed by a special lecture with several individuals featured in the film.
The lecture will be led by the film's producer, Sue Maryott, and will include Steve Rosenblatt, son of Johnny Rosenblatt for whom the stadium was named; Jack Payne, announcer from1964-2000; Jesse Cuevas, head groundskeeper from 1986-2010; Lou Spry, official scorer at the CWS from 1981-present; and Lambert Bartak, organist from 1950s-2010.
Due to limited seating, reservations are required for the lecture. Please call (402) 444-5071 ext. 500 or email reservations@DurhamMusueum.org. Cost of admission applies, Durham Museum members are free.
— Rhonda Stansberry
St. Paul celebrates baseball history
The Museum of Nebraska Major League Baseball in St. Paul, Neb., has hundreds of artifacts and baseball memorabilia from players including Grover Cleveland Alexander, Bob Gibson, Richie Ashburn, Alex Gordon, Johnny Hopp, and more.
St. Paul was the hometown of Alexander, who returned to the town upon his retirement. The museum also displays a roster wall of more than 140 players who were born or raised in Nebraska and have played at least one inning or more in major league baseball.
Museum hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.; Saturdays (Memorial Day through Labor Day) 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.; and Sundays by appointment. St. Paul is a little more than a two-hour drive from Omaha.
For more information contact Carolyn C. Scarborough, St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, 619 Howard Ave., St. Paul, NE 68873, 308-754-5558.
— Rhonda Stansberry
Baseball at the movies
Rave Westroads movie theater will get into the CWS spirit by showing baseball-themed movies at noon and 8 p.m. daily June 18-21. Westroads Mall is one of the shuttle points to TD Ameritrade ballpark. Tickets to the movies are $5. The lineup:
Monday: “Rookie of the Year,” noon, and “Major League,” 8 p.m.
Tuesday: “Angels in the Outfield,” noon, and “A League of Their Own,” 8 p.m.
Wednesday: “The Bad News Bears,” noon, and “Field of Dreams,” 8 p.m.
Thursday: “The Sandlot,” noon, and “Bull Durham,” 8 p.m.
— Bob Fischbach