City Councilor Hopes to Establish Worcester Baseball Museum at Polar Park

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WORCESTER – A Worcester City Councilor is hoping to establish a permanent place for Worcester’s rich baseball history inside Polar Park, the future home of the Worcester Red Sox.

Ahead of Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, City Councilor At-Large Morris A. Bergman has submitted an agenda item to construct a museum inside Polar Park to display Worcester’s place in baseball lore.

Bergman’s agenda item reads: “Request City Manager ensure efforts are being made to promote and coordinate with the PawSox the creation of a ‘Worcester Baseball History Museum’ at the soon to be built new baseball stadium.”

“It’s a win-win. [The Worcester Red Sox ownership group] loves to market baseball in whatever market they’re in. It’s a win for them and a win for us. They get to market why baseball will work in Worcester. We get to show Worcester’s history by having it marketed. So why not think about it ahead of time so there’s a spot for it,” Bergman told TWIW in a phone interview on Monday.

“I wanted to get the idea out there so we were ahead of it and weren’t thinking of the museum in hindsight and also to give people in Worcester that may have memorabilia that they would want to see displayed in the museum,” Bergman said.

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Ted Williams first career home run — a Grand Slam — at Holy Cross

There will be no shortage of Worcester history to fill the museum if this plan comes to fruition.

For starters, Worcester is the home of the first professional perfect game ever thrown, the first major league team to ever be no-hit, the lowest-attended major league game ever [six people showed up],  Ted Williams’ first professional career home – a grand slam, the baseball poem “Casey at the Bat” was written by a Worcester native, and Major League Baseball’s Philadelphia Phillies actually originated right here in Worcester — from the Worcester Worcesters.

The Worcester Worcesters [also known as the “Ruby Legs” and “Brown Stockings”] were also the first professional baseball team ever to visit Cuba.

Although Bergman said that the history of professional baseball in Worcester would obviously attract the largest crowd, he thinks that the City should look at all levels of baseball history.

“I think if there’s a good story to be told at any level, it should be in there. Space provided, of course,” Bergman said. “There could be a focus on unique Worcester baseball stories.”

Bergman also mentioned that Ted Williams’ visit to Christopher Columbus park [East Park] and Babe Ruth’s visits to Worcester — including his visits to Hotel Vernon and the former bowling alley above Moynagh’s Tavern — should be highlighted at the museum.

As to whether or not he sees the museum as a ticketed entrance or free admission, Bergman said, “I’d like to see the museum in a part of the ballpark where you don’t have to pay to see it. I’m sure [ownership] can arrange a room that you don’t have to show proof of payment to enjoy it.”

As ThisWeekinWorcester.com reported last week, the City has decided on a Construction Manager for the stadium and the expected groundbreaking for Polar Park is July 2019. The stadium is set to open in April 2021.


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    Patrick Sargent is the founder and lead reporter for ThisWeekinWorcester.com. He was born and raised on Grafton Hill and is a graduate of Holy Name high school and Worcester State University. Over the past two years, he worked as a contributing reporter for the Worcester Sun. Previous to that, over the course of several years, he had stints with GoLocalWorcester, Worcester Magazine, the Leominster Champion and Fitchburg Pride. He is the owner of Sargent Media, LLC and can be contacted at [email protected] or 774-232-1223.