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Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American

Celebrating America’s pastime at the National Museum of American Jewish History

Chasing Dreams

Hank Greenburg hits a third inning homerun on April 29, 1947. Credit: Donated by Corbis


March 13-October 26, 2014


Baseball transcends cultural boundaries and has long served as a way for immigrants coming to America to learn and understand American values.

Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American will be the first large-scale exhibition to weave together the history of American sport and leisure and national identity with the story of immigration and integration into American life.

Visitors can explore baseball’s legends and myths through more than 130 original objects including game-worn uniforms, baseball cards, correspondence, ritual objects and stadium seats. Interactive displays and original films help show how baseball tells the story of our country.

Celebrate the triumphs of well-known Jewish heroes including Hank Greenberg and Sandy Koufax, along with baseball pioneers like Jackie Robinson, Joe DiMaggio, Roberto Clemente and Ichiro Suzuki.

Chasing Dreams explores how baseball has served as an arena in which values, identity, ethnicity, and race have been projected, contested, and occasionally solidified.

After closing in Philadelphia, the exhibition embark on a national tour.

Entrance to Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American is included with your admission to the National Museum of American Jewish History. Click the button below for more information and to purchase tickets in advance.

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