Baseball emerged as
the national pastime in the late
1800s. What early National League star was the first
West Virginian inducted into the National Baseball
Hall of Fame?
Wheeling native Jesse "The Crab" Burkett amassed
a lifetime batting average of .342 and more than
2,800 hits during his 16-year career (1890-1905).
He was inducted into the hall of fame in 1946, despite
an on-field temper that earned him his unusual nickname.
from its conception was America's favorite sport in both
attendance and participation. This catchers mitt and fielders glove
date from the 1930s. Donated by Lon Mitchell, Charleston. Mu 90-17.1,.2