News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

Play ball. A common summertime call to action in towns and cities across the U.S. So it is in Bennington, but with one difference: you don’t play baseball, you re-live it. The Bennington Museum is hosting two baseball-related exhibits this summer, says The Rutland Herald. The Golden Age of Baseball features a bat used by Babe Ruth, a glove used by Willie Mays, and a jersey worn by Lou Gehrig, along with historic pennants, baseball cards, and even Jackie Robinson’s contract for $21,000 a season in 1949. The other exhibit, Baseball In Vermont: History Comes Alive At The Bennington Museum, focuses on baseball’s history in Vermont and Bennington County, showcasing a letter from 1881 talking about baseball teams in Dorset, E. Dorset, Rutland, and Sunderland. The Bennington Center for the Arts has put together their own baseball exhibit, Heroes And Legends: A Mike Schact Retrospective. "Schact was an artist who explored the art of baseball as it reflected our culture," according to Daryl Kenny, director of advancement for the center. So come experience a home run in Bennington this summer.

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About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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