2013-05-15 / Features

Swingin’ With The All Stars: Armstrong And Baseball

Baseball was Louis Armstrong’s favorite sport and he followed it passionately. A longtime Brooklyn Dodgers fan, Armstrong switched to the New York Mets in the late ‘60s. The new exhibit debuting at the Louis Armstrong House Museum, Swinging with the All Stars: Louis Armstrong & Baseball, includes photos and artifacts exploring Armstrong’s relationship with the game, including Armstrong’s handwritten list of “my four choice Dodger players at all times”, a photo of Armstrong backstage with Dodgers Don Newcombe and Junior Gilliam, a rare Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald “baseball card” from Holland, and one of Armstrong’s famed tape box collages featuring a photo of the trumpeter with New York Yankees Phil Rizzuto and Joe Collins.

The exhibit will also contain information about Armstrong’s “Secret 9”, a sandlot baseball team from New Orleans which Armstrong took interest in while in Chicago in 1922. The exhibit will include a photo, an advertisement for one of their games taken from one of Armstrong’s oldest scrapbooks, and a humorous excerpt from an unpublished 1955 manuscript in which Armstrong details how the players were so proud of their new uniforms that they refused to slide and lost every game.

Swingin’ with the All Stars: Louis Armstrong & Baseball will be on exhibit now through August 31, and is free with museum admission. Remember, Louis Armstrong House Museum is just seven blocks away from Citi Field, home of the 2013 All Star Game.

The Louis Armstrong House Museum is located at 34-56 107th St. in Corona. For information, call 718.478.8274, or visit www.LouisArmstrongHouse.org.

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