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Arizona’s Century Of Baseball History Now On View at Museum for Youth

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The Cactus League's 2010 spring training season starts March 3, and if that wasn't enough reason for MLB fans to head for Arizona, there's a great new exhibit at the Arizona Museum for Youth highlighting the state's 100 years of baseball history.

From the barnstorming days before statehood to the inauguration of the Cactus League in 1947 and right up to the present day, with 15 teams playing the 2010 spring training season, "Play Ball! The Cactus League Experience"details the state's exciting baseball story.

Ty Cobb once soothed his spring training aches and pains at the Buckhorn Baths mineral spas in Mesa. Willie Mays was the first to hit a homer at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio played one season of spring training baseball together in Arizona.

The exhibition, which runs through Nov. 7, 2010, features numerous donated items including a uniform from the early 1900s, a rare autographed Ernie Banks little league bat, and signed memorabilia from former Cactus League stars including Reggie Jackson, Mark Grace, Gaylord Perry and Bob Feller.

"The ‘Play Ball' exhibition is phenomenal in that it combines historical memorabilia with fun, and interactive displays that will appeal to all ages," Cactus League President Robert Brinton said. "It pays tribute to the pioneer days of the Cactus League while focusing on today's accomplishments."

Museum guests can participate in a cell phone talking tour of the exhibition; engage in touch screen kiosks for added historical content; construct a three-dimensional puzzle to build their own stadium and enjoy videotape and film montages featuring Cactus League stadiums, legendary baseball announcer Harry Caray, and vintage film montages of players dating back to the 1950s.

Also on display is an entertainment gaming center featuring Nintendo Wii stations with simulated versions of baseball . Children can also participate in the interactive displays including a locker room with replica vintage baseball uniforms for dress-up and make your own pennant stations.

"Play Ball! The Cactus League Experience" is open to the public Tuesdays through Sundays. Located in Mesa, just east of Phoenix, museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $6.50 for one year and older and is free for museum members and children under one-year-old.

For more information visit the museum's Web site at
www.arizonamuseumforyouth.com or call (480) 644-2467.

By the way, the Cactus League season starts March 3 with the San Francisco Giants going against the Seattle Mariners at Peoria Sports Complex. Play ball!