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The Lockport Cubs at the Sampson Naval Training Center. (Photo by Cecilia B. Netcher, courtesy of Bruce Brandl, provided by the History Center of Niagara)
The Lockport Cubs at the Sampson Naval Training Center. (Photo by Cecilia B. Netcher, courtesy of Bruce Brandl, provided by the History Center of Niagara)

New 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game' exhibit at History Center of Niagara

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Mon, Jul 6th 2020 09:00 am

The History Center of Niagara has a brand-new exhibit on display on the first floor of its Outwater Building, 215 Niagara St, Lockport. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, this exhibition, “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” shows the rich history of baseball and the PONY League (Pennsylvania, Ontario and New York) all throughout Niagara County.

This exhibit was inspired by a generous donation by Bruce Brandl, featuring a photo of the Lockport Cubs at the Sampson Naval Training Center originally taken by his aunt, Cecilia B. Netcher. With such close ties to professional, semipro, and community-driven baseball leagues, one might even notice a relative or two as they peruse the display. This exhibit features unique photographs and sports memorabilia. Guests can find out how the national PONY League came to be and the people that made it happen, while learning how this national baseball league shaped carriers and changed the lives of so many. For more information, call 716-434-7433 or email [email protected].

A press release noted, “We will continue to practice health and safety measures on a regular basis. Our visitors must also wear face masks in accordance with mandated New York state executive law. Only the first floor of the Outwater Building is open to the public at this time. This does not include the other historical sites located at 215 Niagara St. Thank you for your patience as we continue to move into the next phase. We can't wait to see you all again soon.”

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