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Thursday, 27 January, 2011 11:41 AM

Michigan Sports Hall of Fame exhibit opens at the Detroit Historical Museum

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / AMERICAJR.com

An overview of the new Michigan Sports Hall of Fame exhibit at the Detroit Historical Museum.

by Jason Rzucidlo
americajr@americajr.com

 

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DETROIT -- A new exhibit has opened inside the Community Gallery at the Detroit Historical Museum featuring pieces from the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame (MSHOF) collection. Comebacks and championships is the theme of the interactive exhibit. It features memorabilia from six teams -- the Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Tigers, Detroit Pistons, Detroit Lions, Michigan Wolverines and even the Michigan State Spartans. The MSHOF exhibit will bring back memories and smiles for all ages. It is on display through April 3 and is included with admission to the museum.

Jim Stark, the executive director of the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, says this exhibit has never been shown in one place before. Some of the pieces on display have been featured in separate exhibits, however.

"It gives people a chance to see up-close what the history of sports in the state of Michigan is," he said. "It's colorful, it's engaging, it's interactive, there's sights, there's sounds. There isn't anything like this to be honest. There are exhibits at different museums sometimes, but the hall of fame has never put their brand on one before. Nobody has the depth and history that the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame has."

Highlights of the new exhibit are the Red Wings' unbelievable stretch as the best team in hockey after years as one of the worst to the Tigers' remarkable comeback in 1968.

"We have membership to the hall of fame that is unique to the entire country," Stark explained. "To say that this exhibit is unlike any other one before is very true. The story is part of what you're here for. Each one of those six special teams or programs has a special moment to celebrate. We found a moment in each one of those team's history that exemplified one of those times."

A replica of the Stanley Cup and the Larry O'Brien Trophy make up two of the items on display. Other pieces include a pair of Red Wings hockey skates, Detroit Tigers baseball glove, Detroit Lions jacket, Detroit Pistons bobble head, Michigan Wolverines helmet and a Michigan State University Spartans jersey.

"In addition to that, we have photos, vintage collectibles, plus we have a huge exhibit dedicated to the championships that these teams have celebrated over the years," the MSHOF executive director added. "This was created exclusively for this time and this space. Hopefully, we'll have a lot of fun and people will see this. 'They'll say, we want to see the exhibit go this place or that place next.' That's part of our job, why we're here to make sure we know where our next step is going to be."

Each year, the MSHOF holds an induction ceremony in September. In 2010, it took place at the Suburban Collection Showplace (formerly the Rock Financial Showplace) in Novi, Mich. George Blaha, Marian Ilitch, Peter Karmanos and Jack Roush were among those inducted last year.

"I think the plaques, obviously, are a lot of fun," Stark said. "We've got original artwork from artist Doug West celebrating the MVPs Steve Yzerman, Joe Dumars, Alan Trammell and Barry Sanders. Plus, we've got the champions trophy from the Detroit Pistons. You cannot miss the exhibit on the stadiums. A chance to relive the memories of Tiger Stadium, even the Silverdome, Olympia Stadium. There's a lot in here for just about anybody."

For more information on the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, visit www.michigansportshof.org.

The Detroit Historical Museum is located at 5401 Woodward Ave. (NW corner of Kirby) in Detroit’s Cultural Center. Regular hours are Wednesday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from Noon to 5 p.m. On Mondays and Tuesdays, the Museum is not open to the public but available for group tours by calling (313) 833-7979. Adult admission is $6. Seniors (60+), college students with valid college ID, and youth ages 5-18 pay $4. Admission for children ages four and under is free. Parking in the Museum’s lot is $4 at all times. For more information, call the Museum at (313) 833-1805 or check out their website at www.detroithistorical.org.

 

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Logos from the six teams included in the exhibit.

 

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A pair of hockey skates, a DVD, pair of gloves, hockey puck and a bobble head inside the Detroit Red Wings display case.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / AMERICAJR.com

A baseball cap, t-shirt, helmet, microphone, bobblehead, baseball, glove and more inside the Michigan Wolverines display case.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / AMERICAJR.com

A football, helmet, jacket and a Sports Illustrated magazine cover inside the Detroit Lions display case.

 

PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / AMERICAJR.com

Two jerseys, a pair of shorts, trophy, bobblehead and photo inside the Michigan State and Detroit Pistons display case.

 

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