KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- He has no items headed to Cooperstown this time, but Ryan Vogelsong knows the satisfaction of preserving baseball history.
The Giants pitcher proudly donated the jersey he wore for his victory over the Detroit Tigers in Game 3 of the 2012 World Series to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Each October, representatives from baseball’s shrine collect as many items from that season’s World Series to display for the next year.
A bit of a baseball historian, Vogelsong said his jersey’s inclusion in the 2012 memorabilia collection prompted he, his wife and son to make a 4 1/2-hour trek to upstate New York from their offseason home in January 2013. Prior to their trip, Vogelsong hadn’t visited the Hall of Fame since he and his parents went when he was 13.
“My parents took me there on a summer vacation and I was infected bad,” Vogelsong said. “I still have all the pictures from when we were there and not just seeing my jersey, but going back and seeing everything again, it really makes you understand how great this game is.”
San Francisco players and manager Bruce Bochy provided eight exclusive items for HOF president Jeff Idelson and vice president Brad Horn on Wednesday night.
-- Buster Posey’s Game 7 jersey
-- Pablo Sandoval’s Game 7 bat
-- Hunter Pence’s Game 4 bat
-- Bochy’s hat
-- Madison Bumgarner’s hats from Games 1, 5 and 7
-- Jeremy Affeldt’s Game 7 spikes
Sandoval joked he didn’t want to provide any more items after previously surrendering bats from the 2011 All-Star Game and Game 1 of the 2012 World Series.
Horn and Idelson also collected caps worn by Kansas City pitchers Yordano Ventura and Brandon Finnegan, manager Ned Yost’s jersey from Game 4 of the American League Championship Series, and the bat Travis Ishikawa used to hit the game-winning home run in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series.
Though he didn’t indicate if he’ll head back to Cooperstown this offseason, Vogelsong undoubtedly appreciates what will be on display.
“I’m a baseball guy,” Vogelsong said. “I watch baseball all the time. So to be able to connect the dots through the years, it’s very special to me.”
*Photo courtesy Baseball Hall of Fame