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Phillies fans are focus of new Philadelphia History Museum exhibition

On Tuesday, September 25, Phillies fans are going to be in the spotlight – thanks to a new Phillies Fandemonium exhibit at the Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent.

Phillies Fandemonium, which looks at America’s favorite pastime through the eyes of the team’s fans, is the premier exhibition at the newly renovated museum.

Located on the second floor of the Philadelphia History Museum, the Played in Philadelphia gallery will feature changing exhibitions devoted to the city’s history across several cultural genres including theater, music, performing arts, film, broadcast, electronic media, and professional and amateur sports. Phillies Fandemonium is the very first exhibit to grace this gallery.

“We’re honored the Philadelphia History Museum chose to create an exhibit that acknowledges the passion and loyalty of our incredible fans. Their energy and dedication creates the best home field advantage in all of sports at Citizens Bank Park,” said Michael Harris, Phillies director, marketing & special projects.

"For our inaugural exhibition in our Played in Philadelphia gallery, we were delighted to put a spotlight on our city's loyal Phillies fans, who support their hometown team in a uniquely Philadelphia manner," explained Charles Croce, the Museum's Executive Director. "Adding the Fox29 video footage of fans expressing their love for their team adds a living dimension to this special exhibition.

Among the highlights of Phillies Fandemonium are photos and video footage of numerous fans. Vintage baseball memorabilia and souvenirs are shown, as well as a selection of pieces owned by Phillies players such as a jersey worn by All-Star shortstop Jimmy Rollins. The stellar base stealer holds the record for the longest hitting streak in Phillies history (38 games, August 2005 to April 2006). The jersey of Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt – arguably the greatest Phillies of all time – is also on view. Number 20 was retired in 1990, in homage to the man who spent his entire 18-year career with the Phillies, hitting 548 career home runs.

Also on display are a diverse array of photographic portraits of winners of Philadelphia Magazine’s 2010 “ultimate Phillies fan” contest, in which fans posed with objects that revealed the nature and extent of their identification with the Phillies. Shown are the Raucous Fan, the Super Fan, the Hipster Fan, and others – some accompanied by first-person quotes. Grand-prize winner Noam Yalon is pictured with his son and holding his birth certificate which reads, “Chase Luke Ryan Howard Yalon.”

Other memorabilia featured in the unique exhibit is the 2008 locker room champagne bottle, which Phillies teammates sprayed after winning the World Series championship in 2008, and seats from Veterans Stadium, which was home to the Phillies and Eagles from 1971-2003.

Hours and Admission

Beginning Tuesday, September 25, the Museum’s new public hours will be Tuesday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Admission fees are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 for students and teens (13-18), and children 12 and under admitted free. A special family pack for four (2 adults, 2 teens) is available for $20. Members are always admitted free.

For more information about the Philadelphia History Museum, its exhibitions, programs, and membership options, visit www.philadelphiahistory.org or call 215?685?4830.

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