City Scene August 2011 : Page 40

to find, so what I have done here is demonstrated the evolution of the uniform through individual school and town teams,” Martin says. Included in the uniform collection are many curious articles of clothing, including a straw hat and a heavy sweater. The rack of vin-tage handmade bats features “townball” style bats from the 1850s, while the glove collection includes a finger-less glove from the 1880s. Balls were originally covered in leather and varied in size and weight, some similar to current baseballs and some much smaller, like The contents of Martin’s baseball movie-themed room a Lemon Peel Base-orbit around a 16-millimeter film of Babe Ruth showing ball the size of a golf on an antique TV set. ball – and all are old television Martin found at an antique represented in Martin’s basement. Martin’s collection also includes base-show. Elsewhere, a wall of mannequins in old uniforms shows how players’ in-game ball-themed games and glasses, as well as getup progressed during the game’s earlier products that have been endorsed by play-ers. He takes care to display each piece of years. “The professional team jerseys from each equipment in such a way as to emphasize of those time periods are just too difficult the gradual changes in manufacturing Top: A row of old-fashioned gloves shows how far the modern baseball glove has come from its earlier days resembling an oven mitt. Bottom: A coin-operated baseball game is one of many baseball-related games in Martin’s basement. techniques, from handmade items to pieces made by large-scale equipment manufac-turers. Martin found most of the items in his collection at auctions and antique sales, as well as through word of mouth, he says. “Through my website, I will have people Above: A personal check signed by Babe Ruth has been framed. Right: A wall of mannequins displays the evolution of players’ uniforms. 40 L u x u r y L i v i n g

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